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#4 Rafael Sanchez
Position: Defender
Height: 5'7"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Selah, Wash.
High School: Selah
Experience: 3 Letters
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Sanchez Videos

AS A SENIOR (2016):  A preseason all-West Coast Conference selection by league coaches ... made 16 starts for the Gaels … tied for first on the team with four assists … named to All-West Coast Conference First Team … scored his only goal of the season on a penalty kick against Cal … recorded 24 shots from the backline … was one of Saint Mary’s most physical players with 10 fouls on the season … assisted on the game-winning goal against Gonzaga on Senior Day in Moraga.

AS A JUNIOR (2015):  Started all 14 appearances during the season ... earned first team all-West Coast Conference honors for the second straight season ... a second team all-Far West Region selection by the NSCAA ... team captain ... scored his only goal of the season against CSUN ... provided an assist in a 3-2 home victory over La Salle ... among the team leaders in minutes played at 1,229 ... attempted 16 shots ... played every minute of 11 matches ... did not come off the field during the final six league matches of the season ... served as a member of SMC's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee ... played summer (2016) PDL soccer for Washington Crossfire ... scored 2 goals and distributed an assist in 9 appearances.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2014):  Started all 16 of his appearances during the season ... finished tied for second on the team in points with eight ... selected first team all-WCC by league coaches ... attempted 26 shots ... played the second most minutes on the team among field players ... named SMC Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week after a one goal, two assist weekend in victories over Seattle University and San Jose State ... scored first career goal with a 19 yard free kick against San Jose State ... delivered an assist to Lukas Isaacson against Seattle University and another on the game-winner to Michael Semenza against the Spartans ... distributed four assists on the Gaels' five goals against Gonzaga and Portland to earned Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honors for the second time ... provided assists on all three goals in SMC's 3-1 road win at Portland ... played PDL soccer in summer, 2015 for Washington Crossfire.

AS A FRESHMAN (2013):  Started all 12 appearances during the season ... missed eight matches due to injury ... provided three assists during the season, one each in the first two matches of the season against Air Force and LIU Brooklyn and against Northern Illinois at the Lakeside Classic in Evanston, Ill. ... attempted 16 total shots ... received four yellow cards and one red card, at CSU Northridge, during the season ... played PDL soccer in summer, 2014 for Washington Crossfire.

PRIOR TO SAINT MARY'S:  A 2013 graduate of Selah (Wash.) High School … lettered two seasons in soccer as a freshman and sophomore …  earned first-team all-league honors and advanced to state championships twice … played academy soccer for Crossfire Premier under head coach Bernie James … selected to participate in U17 national team camp residency by U.S. Soccer and was a member of the national team pool ... nickname is "Junior."

Rafael Sanchez Career Statistics

Season   GP-GS Min G A Pts Shot Shot % SOG SOG % GW PK-Att
2013   12-12 915 0 3 3 16 .000 6 .375 0 0-0
2014   16-16 1443 1 6 8 26 .038 11 .423 0 0-0
2015   14-14 1229 1 1 3 16 .063 6 .375 0 0-0
Total   42-42 3587 2 10 14 58 .034 23 .397 0 0-0