Cristian Mata named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year for Conference USA
Cristian Mata named as Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Cristian and Omar named to first team; Rocha named to third team
Cristian Mata tallied 14th goal on the season
TULSA - A three-year letterwinner and starter . . . has started in 57 of 59 career contests . . . has 14 goals and 13 assists for 41 points . . . a two-time all-Conference USA performer, earning second-team honors as a sophomore and first-team accolades his junior season.
JUNIOR (2012) - Started in all 21 games . . . tallied seven goals, including three game winners, and six assists for 20 points . . . ranked second in assists, and third in goals scored and points on the team . . . scored a goal against Loyola Marymount, Oakland, Marshall, Nebraska Omaha, UCF, FIU and South Florida . . . picked up an assist against UC Davis, South Carolina, UAB, UCF, FIU and San Diego . . . attempted 26 shots, 13 of which were on goal . . . went three-for-three on penalty kicks . . . was selected to the All-C-USA and College Sports Madness All-C-USA first teams . . . picked up NSCAA Midwest All-Region first team honors . . . was tabbed to the Top Drawer Soccer Top-100 list and TDS C-USA Top-20 list . . . was named to the SMU Classic All-Tournament team . . . was selected as TU's "Man of the Match" against Kentucky, FIU and South Florida.
SOPHOMORE (2011) - Started all 17 games . . . scored goals against Missouri State, Loyola Marymount, Dartmouth and Kentucky . . . his goal against the MSU Bears was a game-winner . . . picked up four assists . . . attempted 36 shots, 12 of which were on goal . . . was tabbed to the All-C-USA second team . . . was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Top-20 Players in C-USA list . . . was selected to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week on Sept. 6th . . . was named to both the Holiday Inn Tulsa City Center Hurricane Classic and SMU Classic All-Tournament teams . . . was selected as TU's "Man of the Match" against SIU-Edwardsville, Oakland and UCF.
FRESHMAN (2010) - Started 19 of 21 games . . . scored a goal against Kentucky, FIU and Kentucky in the C-USA Championship quarterfinals . . . earned an assist against Lipscomb, Western Illinois and FIU . . . attempted 37 shots, 17 of which were on goal . . . was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team . . . was selected to the Top Drawer Soccer Top-100 Freshmen to Watch list . . . named to the SMU Classic All-Tournament team . . . selected as TU's "Man of the Match" against Lipscomb, Missouri State, Akron and Kentucky.
PRIOR TO TULSA - Played with the Tulsa Soccer Club '93 . . . won five state championships with the TSC '93 . . . earned a spot on the USYSA Region III team . . . a member of the 2010 Disney Soccer Showcase All-Stars team.
PERSONAL - An international business and Spanish major . . . born August 26, 1992 . . . son of Ana Padilla and the late Gustavo Mata . . . his brother, Cristian, is also on the team.
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