Nov. 19, 2008
BERKELEY - The No. 9 California men's soccer team earned six All-Pac-10 selections, as announced today by the Pac-10, more than any other team in the conference. Junior goalkeeper Stefan Frei earned his second straight first-team pick, while sophomores Andrew Wiedeman and Hector Jimenez were also first-team choices. Wiedeman was a second-team selection in 2007.
Senior Tyler Barry and sophomores Servando Carrasco and A.J. Soares made the all-conference second team, and senior Pat Marion, junior Jacob Wilson and sophomore Davis Paul were honorable mention selections. Barry was an all-conference honorable mention pick a year ago.
Frei recorded a conference-best eight shutouts in 2008, and his goal-against average of 0.68 topped the charts in the Pac-10 and currently ranks him No. 22 in the nation in that category. He has collected a total of 19 career shutouts and is one away from tying for fourth on Cal's all-time list. Frei's save percentage of .829 was also the best in the conference and his 63 saves put him in second in the Pac-10.
Wiedeman followed up his breakout freshman campaign with a spectacular sophomore season, as he recorded eight goals five assists and three of those eight goals were gamewinners. His eight goals have him tied for second in the conference. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time in his collegiate career, after his five-point opening weekend of the season.
Jimenez is tied for the team lead in assists with seven, despite suffering a season-ending injury towards the end of the regular season. He was perennially ranked in the nation's top 25 in assists and led the Pac-10 in the category for most of the season.
Barry, like Jimenez, had his season cut short due to injury. He scored two goals off of penalty kicks at the beginning of the season and was an important part of Cal's tough defense. Carrasco is tied with Jimenez for the team lead in assists. He also has three goals to his credit, which is second best on the team. Two of his three goals were gamewinners, a late goal to secure a win against then-third-ranked Maryland and an overtime winner at Stanford. Soares is another key component of the Bears' defense. He scored both of his goals this year in Cal's home tournament, the Cal Legacy Classic, and earned an assist on the game-winning goal in the regular-season finale against Stanford last weekend.
Cal will host San Francisco in the first round of the NCAA College Cup on Friday, Nov. 21, at 1:30 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.
2008 ALL-PAC-10 MEN'S SOCCER TEAMS
Name Pos. Yr. School
Raphael Cox MF Sr. WASH
Stefan Frei* GK Jr. Cal
Maxwell Griffin F Sr. UCLA
Hector Jimenez MF So Cal
George John* MF Sr. WASH
Jason Leopoldo* MF Sr. UCLA
Brad Rusin D Sr. UCLA
Michael Stephens MF Jr. UCLA
Michael Strickland MF Jr. STAN
Bobby Warshaw MF/F So. STAN
Andrew Wiedeman F So. Cal* two-time All-Pac-10 honoree
SECOND TEAMName Pos. Yr. School
Tyler Barry D Sr. Cal
Nick Cardenas D Jr. SDSU
Servando Carrasco MF So. Cal
Ryan Imamura D Sr. STAN
Daniel Leach D Sr. OSU
Taylor Mueller D So. WASH
Danny Mwanga F Fr. OSU
Brian Perk GK Jr. UCLA
A.J. Soares D So. Cal
Evan Toft MF Jr. SDSU
Jamel Wallace D/MF Jr. SDSU
HONORABLE MENTION (received votes)
Ryan Callahan (Sr., MF, OSU); Robby Christner (Sr., F, OSU); Casey Cunningham (Jr., D, WASH); Khadim Diouf (So., F, SDSU); David Estrada (Jr., F, UCLA); Garrett Gunther (So., MF, STAN); Taylor Hoss (Jr., MF, WASH); Tim Jones (Sr., D, STAN); Jo Jo Katz (Jr., MF, WASH); Pat Marion (Sr., MF, Cal); Matt McManus (Jr., D/F, SDSU); Mike Miller (Jr., GK, OSU); John Moore (Jr., GK, STAN); Davis Paul (So., F, Cal); Raymundo Reza (So., MF, SDSU); Brent Richards (Fr., F, WASH); Andy Rose (Fr., D/MF, UCLA); Dennis Sanchez (Sr., D, SDSU); Danny Suits (Jr., D/MF, UCLA); Ryan Thomas (So., D/MF, STAN); Jacob Wilson (Jr., F, Cal).