Dec. 8, 2005
"With the historic season that Cal had, it is only fitting that these four players received national recognition," said head coach Kevin Grimes. "This is the first time that Cal has ever had this many players receive All-Far West honors. All four had tremendous seasons and were a major factor in us getting to the Elite Eight."
Senior forward Calen Carr, the 2005 Pac-10 Player of the Year, was named to the NSCAA Far West first team, which marks his first honor. Carr helped lead the Bears to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history after scoring the game-tying goal in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Wake Forest. Carr tied the game 2-2 with 22 seconds remaining on the clock, to send the game into overtime in Cal's eventual 3-2 victory. Carr finished the season leading the Pac-10 in seven categories, including goals (13) and game-winning goals (6).
Senior defender Tyson Wahl was also named to the NSCAA Far West first team, which marked his first such honor. Wahl, who has started every game for Cal in his career, was also named to the All-Pac-10 first team and earned Pac-10 All-Academic first-team honors. The Newport Beach, Calif., native finished the season second on the team in goals (5), two of which were game-winners.
Senior goalkeeper Eric Kronberg was named to the NSCAA Far West second team. Kronberg wrapped up the 2005 season recording seven shutouts while making 83 saves. He also finished second in the NCAA with a shots on goal save percentage of 0.874 and eighth in the nation with a goals-against average of 0.603. Carr, Wahl and Kronberg have all been invited to the 2006 MLS player combine, which takes place Jan. 12-15, 2006.
Also earning honors was junior defender Steve Purdy. Purdy was named to the NSCAA Far West third team. The San Jose native recorded one goal and two assists for the 2005 season and was a key element to Cal's back four.
2005 Far West All-Region Teams Each * Indicates a Previous Selection
NSCAA Far-West 1st Team Year School Hometown State/Country GK Tally Hall Jr San Diego State University Gig Harbor Washington Def Patrick Ianni Jr University of California, Los Angeles Lodi California Def Tyson Wahl Sr University of California, Berkeley Newport Beach California Def Marvel Wynne So University of California, Los Angeles Poway California MF Medhi Ballouchy** Jr Santa Clara University Casablanca Morocco MF Mike Chabala Sr University of Washington Fresno California MF Lance Watson** Jr University of New Mexico Nederland Texas F Calen Carr Sr University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California F Robert Findley* Sr Oregon State University Phoenix Arizona F Jeff Rowland* Jr University of New Mexico Albuquerque New Mexico F Willie Sims** Jr Cal State University, Northridge Los Angeles California
NSCAA Far-West 2nd Team Year School Hometown State/Country GK Eric Kronberg Sr University of California, Berkeley Santa Rosa California Def Andrew Boyens* So University of New Mexico Dunedin New Zealand Def Andy Iro So University of California, Santa Barbara Liverpool England Def Rob Valentino So University of San Francisco Cave Creek Arizona MF Colin Eames Sr United States Air Force Academy Fairfax Virginia MF Daniel Paladini Sr Cal State University, Northridge Northridge California MF Brandon Moss** Jr University of New Mexico Albuquerque New Mexico F Nelson Diaz Sr San Jose State University San Francisco California F Brad Evans Jr University of California, Irvine Phoenix Arizona F Kamani Hill So University of California, Los Angeles Berkeley California F Ryan Johnson Sr Oregon State University Boston Massachusetts
NSCAA Far-West 3rd Team Year School Hometown State/Country GK Eric Reed Jr University of California, Los Angeles Mission Viejo California Def Sean Franklin So Cal State University, Northridge Palmdale California Def Liam Girard* Jr University of Denver Victoria British Columbia Def Steve Purdy Sr University of California, Berkeley San Jose California MF Taylor Canel Jr Cal State University, Northridge Sherman Oaks California MF Raul Ybarra, Jr. Jr Loyola Marymount University Santa Barbara California MF Matt Fitzgerald Jr Saint Mary's College Castro Valley California F Brian Byrne Jr University of California, Santa Barbara Castledermot Ireland F Michael Clegg Fr Saint Mary's College Canyon Country California F Ryan Guy* Jr University of San Diego San Diego California F George Josten Jr Gonzaga University Idaho Falls Idaho