Want to know who opposing coaches dread facing off against? Want to know who led the league in scoring last year and who is back to add to those totals, or who is the top goalkeeper returning? Every conference has its imposing returnees, and here we take a look at the 18th best conference according to Bennett Rank, our soccer ranking system—the Western Athletic Conference. Here are the top five returning players in the league—ranked by us. Take a look:
EDITOR’S NOTE: For our full team-by-team conference preview and our feeling on who will do what this year in Division I mens college soccer, visit the Western Athletic Conference preview.
1. Christian Duarte, CSU-Bakersfield (Sr./M): Was a master in the midfield, both from the creative perspective and from the finishing perspective. Finished with 5 goals and 5 assists and will be fun to watch.
2. Rodrigo Fuentes, UNLV (Sr./F): A true pain to cover up front, Fuentes was good for 6 goals and 4 assists last fall, and may be good enough to double that this fall.
3. Julian Zamora, CSU-Bakersfield (So./F): Took home the WAC’s Freshman of the Year Trophy in 2014, scoring 12 goals and adding 2 assists. He’ll be a force this fall.
4. Kyle Bjornethun, Seattle (Jr./D): A first-team All WAC selection last fall. He led the RedHawks in minutes played, and also contributed 4 goals from the back line.
5. Danny Muskovi, UNLV (So./F): The WAC Tournament most valuable player last year, as a freshman, Muskovi chipped in 6 goals and 6 assists for the Rebels.