Guilford's Gomez Named to College Division All-State Team

GREENSBORO, N.C. (12/16/10) -- Guilford College sophomore Freddy Gomez was named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association College Division All-State Team Thursday. Gomez is the Quakers' first all-state pick since 2005.

The all-star unit is comprised of men's soccer players from North Carolina's NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA institutions. Sports information professionals nominated student-athletes for the team, which was selected by NCCSIA members.

Gomez, a 5-6 midfielder, started in 17 of 18 games and led the Quakers with 21 points on eight goals and five assists, all team highs. Earlier this month he was named to the First Team National Soccer Coaches' Association of America/Performance Subaru All-South Atlantic Region unit. The First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) selection ranked second among league leaders with 1.17 points per game. His 21 points, eight goals, five assists and 0.28 assists per game all stood third in the league. His best performance of the year came in Guilford's Sept. 6 match against Chowan University where Gomez buried his first two goals of the season in the Quakers' 5-0 win. He also delivered a crucial score in Guilford's 2-1 victory over national runner-up Lynchburg College with a breakaway goal in the match's fifth minute.

Through two seasons with the Quakers, Gomez has 19 career goals and 10 assists, the 10th-highest total in the team's history. His 48 career points in 39 matches rank ninth at Guilford. He is Guilford's seventh two-time All-ODAC pick.

Gomez helped fifth-year head coach Jeff Bateson's team to a 10-6-3 overall record (6-3-1 ODAC). Guilford posted its most wins in a season since 2003 and reached the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals. Bateson expects as many as 25 letter winners back in 2011, including Gomez.

Founded in 2002, NCCSIA is comprised of sports information professionals from North Carolina's NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions for the purpose of promoting collegiate athletics and student-athletes. Membership is open to those affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCSSIA selects all-state teams for men's and women's soccer, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, softball and baseball on the College (Division II, III, NAIA) and University (Division I) levels. More than 850 student-athletes have been recognized on NCCSIA All-State teams since 2003.