Djeffal, Mondi, Gerbet Make Top Drawer Soccer Best XI Teams
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State midfielders Sofiane Djeffal, Tyrone Mondi, and Joran Gerbet have been named to Top Drawer Soccer Best XI Teams, the site announced Wednesday.
Djeffal landed on the First Team Best XI, while Mondi earned a spot on the second team. Gerbet was tabbed to the Freshman Best XI First Team. All three garnered United Soccer Coaches All-Far West Region nods and First Team All-Pac-12 distinction this fall. The trio also collected individual awards from the conference, with Djeffal nabbing Player of the Year recognition, Mondi earning Offensive Player of the Year accolades, and Gerbet garnering Freshman of the Year honors. Additionally, Mondi and Djeffal were named to the United Soccer Coaches First and Third All-America teams, respectively.
Djeffal, who was tabbed to the Best XI Third Team last season, started all 19 games he appeared in. The Nantes, France native scored six goals this fall, including the game-winners in Oregon State's clashes with Denver (Aug. 27), UCLA (Sept. 30), and California (Oct. 7). In Oregon State's Elite Eight matchup, Djeffal scored the Beavers' sole goal within regulation against Clemson. He also notched six assists on the season.
Leading the Beavers and Pac-12 in goals (8) and points (21) during the regular season, Mondi started all 20 of Oregon State's contests this fall. The Bloemfontein, South Africa native scored the game-winners against Air Force (Aug. 30), Portland (Sept. 3), and Stanford (Oct. 28). Mondi also nabbed his third career Academic All-America nod from College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
As a freshman, Gerbet started all 20 matches for the Beavers, clocking 1822 minutes on the pitch. The Valence, France native scored his first collegiate goal in the No. 8 Beavers' clash with No. 1 Washington on Oct. 22, helping OSU topple the Huskies, 3-2. Gerbet found the net a second time on the road at UCLA (Nov. 7) and tallied two assists on the season.
Oregon State went 14-2-4 (7-1-2 Pac-12) this fall, posting 10 shutouts, including two in tournament play. The No. 1 Beavers clinched their first Pac-12 title in program history on Nov. 11, capping the regular season with a 2-2 tie against No. 3 Washington. Tabbed as the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, OSU marked its first appearances in program history in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds.