HAJI, SHIMAZAKI NAMED VASID ALL-STATE

RICHMOND, Va. - VCU Men's Soccer had two student-athletes named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State team as Siad Haji was named First Team All-State and Ryo Shimazaki was named Second Team All-State.

Haji, a junior midfielder, earns the honor after being named to TopDrawerSoccer's All-American First Team. Haji also earned multiple other postseason honors including being named the Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year, earning All-Atlantic 10 First Team honors and was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region First Team.

Haji scored five goals, 10 assists and four game-winning goals this season. His four game-winning goals were tied for first in the A-10 while his 10 assists ranked second. Haji was also named A-10 Offensive Player of the Week twice during the season. 

Shimazaki, a junior defender, earned All-Atlantic 10 Second Team Honors in 2018 after he recorded one goal and three assists. Shimazaki's efforts helped the Rams post nine shutouts during the 2018 season .

VCU won the Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship and posted a 10-6-1 overall record, including a 6-1-1 mark in A-10 play.

VaSID First-Team All-State

Ryder Bell, William & Mary $

Tresor Mbuyu, Liberty %

Kristo Strickeler, Virginia Tech

Antonio Bustamante, William & Mary%

Manuel Ferriol, James Madison^

Siad Haji, VCU

Kevin Mendoza, Liberty%

Marcel Berry, William & Mary$

Henry Kesseler, Virginia

Thomas Shores, James Madison

VaSID Second-Team All-State

Amadou Macky Diop, Radford

Kieran Roberts, Radford^

Max Wilschrey, Old Dominion

Joe Bell, Virginia

Yannick Franz, James Madison

Niko Klosterhalfen, Old Dominion

James Kasak, Virginia Tech

Aboubacar Keita, Virginia

Ryo Shimazaki, VCU

Myles Yorke, Radford

Colin Shutler, Virginia 

VaSID State Player of Year – Antonio Bustamante, William & Mary

VaSID State Rookie of the Year – Amadou Macky Diop, Radford

VaSID Coach of the Year – Paul Zazenski, James Madison

^ - Two-Time VaSID Selection

% - Three-Time VaSID Selection

$ - Four-Time VaSID Selection