Dec. 10, 2009
BERKELEY - California put a trio of Golden Bears - junior forward Andrew Wiedeman, junior defender A.J. Soares and sophomore goalkeeper David Bingham - on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division I Far West All-Region teams, the NSCAA announced on Thursday. This marks the second straight honor for Wiedeman, who repeats his first-team status, and the first such accolade for Bingham, who is on the third team. Soares, who was a third-team pick in 2008, is a second-team selection this season.
Wiedeman, who was one of the most dangerous attacking players on the West Coast this season, was Cal's leading scorer and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2009. The San Ramon, Calif., product paced the Bears in points (26), goals (11) and game-winning goals (5) after starting all 18 games. He also tied senior forward Jeff Cosgriff for second on the team with four assists. Wiedeman ended the regular season tied for second in goals and ranked third in points in the Pac-10. He is one of 34 players vying for the Soccer News Net's Player of the Year award.
Also strong in the classroom, Wiedeman earned a spot on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team after first claiming a berth on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 Team. Wiedeman was named to three important preseason award lists - the Watch List for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy and the preseason All-America teams for Soccer America and College Soccer News.
Soares, also an All-Pac-10 first-team pick, ranked fourth in points (career-high 7) and third in goals (career-high 3) after also starting all 18 matches. A steady central defender from Solana Beach, Calif., Soares also converted two of two penalty kicks and collected one assist this season. He also garnered Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.
In his first season as a starter, Bingham compiled a 0.95 goals-against average in 16 starts. The Pleasanton, Calif., goalie, who earned All-Pac-10 second-team recognition, also tallied four shutouts. Those included two 1-0 wins over Stanford, with the first on Oct. 2 in Berkeley and the second on Nov. 14 in the season finale at Stanford.