Dec. 1, 2006
BERKELEY - California senior defender Steve Purdy added another honor to his fine Golden Bears career, earning a spot on the NSCAA/adidas All-America second team, the coaches' association announced today. Last week, the San Jose, Calif., product was invited to the 2007 adidas MLS adidas Combine and named to the NSCAA Far West All-Region first team.
This is Purdy's first All-American honor from the NSCAA.
"This is a great honor for Steve and is well-deserving recognition of not only his senior season but of his entire career," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "His exceptional play and leadership throughout the season was evident in the Pac-10 championship run.
"This is the second year in a row that we've had seniors honored by the NSCAA as All-Americans. We're really proud of the fact that the Cal soccer program is producing All-Americans and giving themselves and our program national recognition."
The 6-4 Purdy was Cal's second-leading scorer this season, with a career-high 12 points in 20 starts. An All-Pac-10 first-team selection in 2006, he was a member of the All-Pac-10 second team in 2005 and was and was all-conference honorable mention in 2004.
This year, he has also scored a career-high five goals, including winners against San Jose State (Sept. 9) and Oregon State (Oct. 13) along with two assists. Cal's iron man was a fixture in the starting lineup, starting in 80 of the 82 games in which he played.
Purdy's play helped the Bears win their first Pac-10 title and reach the third round of the NCAA College Cup this year.
2006 NSCAA/adidas Men's Collegiate All-America Team NCAA Division I
Pos., Name, Cl., School, Hometown K, Nick Noble, Sr., West Virginia, Damascus, Md. D, Andrew Boyens *, Sr., New Mexico, Dunedin, New Zealand D, Julius James *, Jr., Connecticut, Maloney Gardens, Trinidad D, Jay Needham, Sr., SMU, Fort Worth, Texas D, John O'Reilly, Sr., Lehigh, Arlington, Mass. M, Greg Dalby *, Sr., Notre Dame, Poway, Calif. M, Maurice Edu, Jr., Maryland, Fontana, Calif. M, Ryan Maduro, Jr., Providence, Bristol, R.I. F, Omar Cummings, Sr., Cincinnati, Old Harbour, Jamaica F, Charlie Davies, Jr., Boston College, Manchester, N.H. F, Edson Elcock, Sr., Old Dominion, Brooklyn, N.Y. F, Joseph Lapira, Jr., Notre Dame, Lake Charles, Calif.
Pos., Name , Cl., School, Hometown K, Tally Hall *, Sr., San Diego State, Gig Harbor, Wash. D, Andy Iro *, Jr., UCSB, Liverpool, England D, Steve Purdy, Sr., California, San Jose, Calif. D, Julian Valentin, Jr., Wake Forest, Lancaster, Pa. M, Eric Avila, So., UCSB, Encinitas, Calif. M, Nico Colaluca, Jr., Virginia, Coventry, R.I. M, Sinisa Ubiparipovic *, Sr., Akron, Mentor, Ohio M, Sal Zizzo, So., UCLA, San Diego, Calif. F, Dane Richards, Sr., Clemson, Montego Bay, Jamaica F, Tonci Skroce, Sr., Illinois-Chicago, Zadar, Croatia F, Jarrod Smith, Sr., West Virginia, Havelock, New Zealand F, Michael Todd, Sr., Hofstra, Cleveland, England
Pos., Name , Cl., School, Hometown K, Chris Seitz, So., Maryland, San Luis Obispo, Calif. D, Ty Harden, Sr., Washington, Junction City, Ore. D, Aaron Hohlbein, Sr., Wisconsin, Middleton, Wis. D, Joe Verdi, Sr., Lehigh, Ivyland, Pa. M, John DiRaimondo, Sr., Saint Louis, St. Louis, Mo. M, Bruno Guarda, So., SMU, Piracicaba, Brazil M, Scott Jones **, Sr., UNC-Greensboro, Dallas, Texas M, Josh Tudela, Sr., Indiana, Evansville, Ind. M, Mike Videira, Jr., Duke, Milford, Mass. F, Brad Evans, Sr., UC Irvine, Phoenix, Ariz. F, Sebastian Haensel, Sr., Towson, Leipzig, Germany F, Steven Holloway, Sr., Monmouth, Hamilton, New Zealand F, Joshua Okoampa, Sr., Wisconsin-Green Bay, Brooklyn Park, Minn. * indicates prior selections