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Red Leafs midfielder Mark Talisuna named to All-West Region First Team

Talisuna was also recently named the 2022 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's soccer player of the year.
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SFU midfielder Mark Talisuna has earned another recognition after a stellar 2022 season.

The recognition continues. 

After recently being named the 2022 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) men's soccer player of the year, SFU Red Leafs midfielder Mark Talisuna has been selected to the 2022 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Men's Soccer All-West Region First Team, nominated and selected by the region's sports communication staffs. 

The junior from Uganda started all 17 matches for the Red Leafs this year, logging 1,519 minutes on the pitch.

He finished with three goals on the year — all from the penalty spot — netting each opportunity SFU was given. 

"Mark's role is to get us going in the way we want to play, and he is excellent at that," Red Leafs head coach Clint Schneider said in a previous news release.

"He can be so dominant in games because of the way he plays, and how he moves. When he is in a role where we need him to defend, he is excellent in that as well.

"Mark just makes things go because he's always an outlet to play, and he's so good that you can put him in tight spots. If he has people around him, he can get himself out of tight spots. This is why I think he'll be a pro and have a decent career at it. What he does and what he can do, he can do at a really high level. I'm really excited about what those next steps are going to be for him, and I can't wait to see where he ends up."

All-West Region first team members are now placed on a national ballot for All-America consideration. All-American teams will be released on Nov. 30. 

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