Martinez is the most popular Spanish surname in
America. It was 19th among the overall most common in the 1990
With its roots dating back in the 1500ís in Spain,
Martinez means God of war.
This fall, however, it meant second team All-American
for Danny Martinez, the junior forward for the menís soccer team at
Southwestern Assemblies of God University.†
He was selected by the National Christian College
Athletic Association at the conclusion of the 2011 season.
It was the highest honor a SAGU soccer player has
ever received from the NCCAA.
ďThis is exciting for our menís soccer program and
SAGU,Ē said athletic director Jesse Godding. ďIt is a testament to
the continuing improvement of our programs and the caliber of
athlete being recruited by our coaches. Danny is certainly worthy
of placement on the NCCAA Second Team.Ē
The team had its first winning season (10-9-5) since
the program began in 2001.†
The Lions have appeared in the postseason four times,
but 2011 saw them produce a win for the first time.†
They went 3-0 in the NCCAA Central Regional
tournament as the No. 6 seed. At the NCCAA Nationals in Orlando
they went 0-2-1.
Martinez, who played for the Lions in 2007-08,
returned this season and enjoyed a record-setting effort on the
He scored 11 goals during the regular season, which
broke the school record of nine in 2005, set by Eric Stocchero.
Martinez also registered three assists, giving him 25 points.†
Joe Ballah (2010) and Chase Bishop (2006) owned the
previous record of 20.
At the Central Region, which was hosted at SAGUís
Pride Park, he netted three goals and two assists, and added a goal
and another helper at the national tournament in Florida.†
His total output of 15 goals and six assists enabled
him to set other school marks.
With 17 career goals he eclipses Dallas Horne
(2005-07) and Bishop (2005-06), who shared the record with 13.
Bryan King (2008-10) was next with nine.
Martinez also moves on top in career points with 44.
Bishop had the record with 36, followed by Horne (31) and King
Previous NCCAA awards for SAGU
It was the eighth time that a player from the menís
soccer team was cited for a national award by the NCCAA.†
Five of those selected received Scholar Athlete
honors: Nolan Jones (2007-08), Phillip Otwell (2008-09), Girien
Salazar (2006-07), Jonathan Woods (2007-08) and Salazar
Kyle Greiser (2001-02) and Hector Longona (2001-02)
were each selected to the Honorable Mention All-American Team.
Other SAGU athletic teams to have players listed on
the NCCAA national awards list include: womenís basketball (19),
volleyball (19), womenís soccer (nine), menís basketball (four),
football (two) and baseball (one).