LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2018) – The Caltech men's soccer team added another pair of SCIAC honorees in 2018, with junior Kevin Yu (Park Ridge, N.J. / Park Ridge) becoming a two-time Second-Team All-SCIAC and freshman Samir Johnson (Portland, Ore. / Jesuit) taking SCIAC Newcomer of the Year on Wednesday.
Both players proved to be catalysts for an improved Caltech offense and far and away the most productive offensive team in Head Coach Phil Murray's four years with the team. Yu, who received second-team honors last season, led the Beavers with 18 points stemming from seven goals and four assists. Johnson, meanwhile battled injury through the middle of the year, but still managed three goals while leading the team with 29 total shots, more than half of which found a path to the opposing keeper. Both players found the back of the net in the Beavers' historic SCIAC victory over Whittier College last Saturday. When healthy, the Caltech attack ran through both players, as the 21 goals made for a 15-goal improvement on the previous season.
This year marks the second year in a row for Caltech taking SCIAC Men's Soccer Newcomer of the Year, as sophomore goalkeeper Joe Como (Glen Cove, N.Y. / Friends Acad.) won the honor in 2017. Murray, along with the Beavers' core group will return in 2018, looking to string together more than one conference win while rising up the SCIAC ladder.