BERKELEY – The California Golden Bears (12-4-2, 6-3-1 Pac-12) were represented by eight players on All-Pac-12 teams, the conference announced on Tuesday. Defender Steve Birnbaum and Christian Dean earned first team honors, while midfielders Alec Sundly, Seth Casiple, forward Stefano Bonomo and goalkeeper Justin Taillole were named to the second team and midfielders Connor Hallisey and Ryan Neil earned honorable mention nods. Eight players are the most the Bears have placed on All-Conference teams since they had nine in 2008. Cal, Stanford and Washington had the most representatives of any Pac-12 teams with eight apiece.
Birnbaum, the team’s leading goalscorer and one of the co-captains, posted nine goals and one assist in 16 appearances. This marks the second time in his career that the fifth-year senior has been named to the conference’s first team, after doing so during his junior season in 2011.
Dean was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention last season, and this year was an anchor alongside Birnbaum in the Bears’ central defense. He started all 18 of Cal’s matches, posted four assists out of the back and was instrumental in Cal’s five shutouts during the 2013 season.
Sundly, another co-captain had a very successful senior campaign, finishing the year with six goals and one assist from his central midfield role in 17 appearances, all starts. Three of those goals were gamewinners, which tied for the second most in the conference behind Pac-12 Player of the Year Leo Stoltz from UCLA.
Casiple, a junior and co-captain was Sundly’s central midfield partner. He finished the year as the team’s leader in assists with six, and also notched a pair of goals in 18 games played. This marks the second consecutive season in which Casiple has garnered All-Pac-12 second team honors.
Taillole ranked second in the conference with a 0.83 goals-against-average and .774 save percentage. He also posted five shutouts for Cal, and concluded the season with a record of 12-3-2.
Bonomo was a fixture in Cal’s lineup up top, and tallied five goals and three assists in 18 appearances. The junior forward had a knack for scoring big goals as well, as two of them were gamewinners. Bonomo was also named as an All-Pac-12 honorable mention last season.
Hallisey finished his regular season with two goals and a pair of assists and is an All-Pac-12 honorable mention for the second time in his career (2011).
Neil posted a goal and four assists for the Bears and earns conference recognition for the second consecutive season, after being named to the All-Pac-12 second team in 2012.
The Bears earned the fourth overall seed in the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament and will host the winner of Northwestern and Bradley’s first round battle on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1:30 p.m. PT at Goldman Field in Berkeley. Tickets are on sale on the day of game only at the Edwards Stadium ticket booth. Tickets can be purchased for just $10 (adults) and $5 (students/seniors/youth) and only cash will be accepted.
2013 Pac-12 Men’s Soccer All-Conference Teams
First Team Zach Batteer, Jr., F, Stanford Steve Birnbaum, RS Sr., D, California Christian Dean, Jr., D, California Earl Edwards, Jr., RS Jr., GK, UCLA Darwin Jones, Jr., F, Washington JJ Koval, Sr., M, Stanford Jordan Morris, Fr., F, Stanford Jordan Ongaro, Sr., F, San Diego State Taylor Peay, Sr., D, Washington Cristian Roldan, Fr., M, Washington Leo Stolz, Jr., M, UCLA Second Team Matt Bersano, RS So., GK, Oregon State Stefano Bonomo, Jr., F, California Seth Casiple, Jr., M, California Victor Chavez, Sr., F, UCLA Michael Harris, Sr., D, Washington James Moberg, So., M, Washington Victor Munoz, Sr., M, UCLA Aaron Simmons, Jr., D, UCLA Alec Sundly, Sr., M, California Justin Taillole, Jr. GK, California Brandon Vincent, So., D, Stanford Abraham Villon, Sr., M, San Diego State
Honorable Mention Kevin Bick, Sr., M, San Diego State Tyler Conklin, Sr., D, Stanford Connor Hallisey, Jr., M, California Drew Hutchins, Sr., GK, Stanford Aaron Kovar, So., M, Stanford Ryan Neil, Sr., M, California Mason Robertson, Fr., F, Washington Justin Schmidt, RS Fr., D, Washington Will Seymore, Jr., M, Oregon State Joe Sofia, Sr., D, UCLA Andy Thoma, Jr., D/M, Washington Ty Thompson, So., M, Stanford Blake Wise, Sr., M, San Diego State