Dec. 10, 2008
BERKELEY - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America honored California senior Tyler Barry, junior Stefan Frei and sophomore Andrew Wiedeman with spots on the NSCAA Far West All-Region first team today. Sophomores Hector Jimenez and A.J. Soares were selected to the all-region third team. This marks the most players Cal has had make the all-region team in the history of the program.
"Andrew, Stefan, Tyler, Hector and A.J. had outstanding seasons this year," said Cal head coach Kevin Grimes. "It is great to see them get recognized with the NSCAA Far West honors."
Wiedeman, a forward from San Ramon, Calif., was recently named to the All-Pac-10 first team and the Pac-10 All-Academic second team. He finished a strong sophomore campaign with a team-best 29 points (12G, 5A). He ended the season recording at least a point in the final six games and scored Cal's last three goals of the year. Wiedeman earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after a five-point weekend to open the campaign. He scored in double overtime when Cal beat UC Santa Barbara in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Frei made the All-Pac-10 first team and also named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Season. At the beginning of the season, he was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Award Watch List. Frei tied current Cal goalkeeper coach Henry Foulk for fourth on the school's all-time list in career shutouts in Cal's 3-0 victory over San Francisco in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He followed that performance with a season-best 11 saves against UCSB in the second round. Frei's goals-against average of 0.68 at the end of the regular season was a conference best and ranked him 22nd in the nation. He also led the Pac-10 in shutouts with eight and in save percentage (.829).
Barry had his season cut short due to injury, but was an integral part of the team's defense and was a leader on the squad as well. He netted two goals in 2008, both of which came on penalty kicks. Barry, who only participated in 11 games this year, was recently named to the All-Pac-10 second team.