MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – After being a force in the midfield during the 2017 season, junior Komar Martinez-Paiz of the Wesleyan University men's soccer team has been named to the All-NESCAC Second Team for the first time in his career, as announced by the conference on Thursday.
Martinez-Paiz led the Cardinals in points (six) and was tied for first in goals (two) and assists (two), as he powered the squad to an above-.500 record at 7-6-2. The Pawtucket, R.I. native, who can create strong goal-scoring chances from a variety of positions on the field, tallied the game-winning goal during the 26th minute in a 2-0 win over visiting Vassar on Sept. 19, as he sniped the right corner of the net with a shot from the right edge of the box.
"Komar is a very talented soccer player with a fantastic skill set," said Wesleyan men's soccer head coach Geoff Wheeler. "His passion for the game and the amount he cares about his teammates stand out. Wesleyan soccer is lucky to have him."
Martinez-Paiz also sealed Wesleyan's first NESCAC win of the season, giving the Cardinals a two-goal cushion in the 90th minute during a 4-2 win over Bates on Sept. 23 at Jackson Field, as he stripped a Bobcats' defender and launched a shot from just outside the box into the left side of the goal. He also orchestrated the first tally of the game in the 16th minute, by placing a perfect ball into the box off a cross from left side, which senior captain Nick Jackson headed into the back of the net.
The third-year collegiate player is a complete competitor, as his field vision, creative passes, footwork and ability to organize the Cardinals' offensive attack were on display all season. During a 2-1 home-opening win over visiting Swarthmore on Sept. 9, he set up the squad's first goal with a nice lead pass to senior Adam Cowie-Haskell during the 10th minute.