Nov. 18, 2009
BERKELEY - California junior forward Andrew Wiedeman, junior midfielder Hector Jimenez and junior defender A.J. Soares were named to the All-Pac-10 Conference first team and four more Golden Bears earned second-team or honorable mention distinction, Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Nov. 17. Cal sophomore goalkeeper David Bingham and junior midfielder Servando Carrasco earned spots on the conference's second team, while senior Jeff Cosgriff and senior defender Jacob Wilson claimed honorable mention for the Bears, who finished the 2009 season with a 9-8-1 overall record (3-6-1 Pac-10).
This marked the third all-conference honor for Wiedeman and the second for Jimenez, Soares and Wilson. Wiedeman was a first-team selection in 2008 and earned a second-team spot in 2007. Jimenez also earned a berth on the 2008 All-Pac-10 first team, Soares was a 2008 second-team player and Wilson claimed honorable mention in 2008.
Wiedeman, who was one of the most dangerous attacking players on the West Coast this season, was Cal's leading scorer in 2009. He paced the Bears in points (26), goals (11) and game-winning goals (5) after starting all 18 games. The San Ramon, Calif., product also tied Cosgriff for second on the team with four assists. 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.
Jimenez, a heady playmaker from Bell Gardens, Calif., led the Bears in assists with nine through 18 starts. He ranked third in points (career-high tying 11) and also scored one goal.
Soares 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.
In his first season as a starter, Bingham compiled a 0.95 goals-against average in 16 starts. The Pleasanton, Calif., goalie 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.
Carrasco made 13 starts and was a key member of Cal's midfield. The San Diego product scored his lone goal of the season off a header in a 2-1 setback against New Mexico on Sept. 25 in the Stanford Nike Classic.
Cosgriff ranked second in points (career-high 21) and goals (career-high 6) in 18 starts in his only season as a Bear. The San Bruno, Calif., native also ranked second on the team in game-winning goals, with two. He posted a career high with his four assists.
Wilson, from Fremont, Calif., scored his only goal of the season in Cal's last game, the 1-0 upset of No. 13/17 Stanford at the Cardinal's Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. He played in 11 games, including nine starts, in his final season as a Bear.