Last season, some of the best D1 Men's Soccer players in the country were only juniors. These guys are back for their swan song. The season has begun, so let's take a look at some of these guys and how their season has started.[divider]
Jorge Gomez Sanchez, Temple
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Jorge Gomez Sanchez was a breakout star during his junior campaign with BR-61 Temple. He finished tied for fifth in the country with 13 goals which complimented his five assists for 31 total points. It was Sanchez's first season in the states as he transferred from Universidad Europea. With a year of US ball under his belt, he has come out hot in 2016.
The Owls are 4-0, and Gomez Sanchez leads the team with five points (two goals and an assist).[divider]
Rory Knibbs, San Jose State
A 2015 All-WAC first-teamer, Rory Knibbs led the BR-121 San Jose State Spartans in goals scored (11), points (23), shots (60), shots on goal (30) and game-winners (4) last season. He was the first Spartan to score double digits in more than a decade, and his 23 total points were the most since 2002. The Englishman had 28 career goals and 149 shots coming into this season. He already added to his total this year as well — scoring the equalizer in what would be a 3-2 win over Pacific.[divider]
Robert Moewes, Duke
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Robert Moewes earned America East Goalkeeper of the Year honors two years in a row while playing for BR-132 Binghamton, but transferred to BR-31 Duke for his final campaign. As a Bearcat last year, Moewes started all 20 games in the net and recorded six shutouts with 88 saves — tied for 11th in the country and the most of any returning senior. As a sophomore, he was just as impressive, grabbing 77 saves in 17 games — 10 starts — with a pair of clean sheets.
He has allowed two goals in as many games so far this season, one of which was a rebound his defense was unable to clear. The first game ended in a 1-1 draw, but the second was a win over UNC Asheville to earn the John Rennie Nike Invitational title. Moewes was named to the all-tournament team for his efforts.[divider]
Garrett Heine, George Washington
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Garrett Heine picked up a first team All-Atlantic 10 nod after a career year with BR-154 George Washington last season. Heine scored nine goals and added four assists for a total of 22 points. He had scored a total of two goals in his first two seasons on the pitch, but last season, the California native came into his own and took 38 shots with 22 on goal and converted a career-high six game-winners.
This season, his squad is 1-0-1. He scored one of their two goals in a 2-0 win over William & Mary.