BERKELEY – The California Golden Bears (12-4-2, 6-3-1 Pac-12) were represented by nine players on the Pac-12 All-Academic teams, the conference announced on Thursday. Midfielders Omid Jalali and Max Oldham earned first team honors, while midfielder Seth Casiple was named to the second team and defender Steve Birnbaum, forward Stefano Bonomo, midfielders Alec Sundly and Connor Hallisey, defender Dylan Serrano and goalkeeper Kevin Peach earned honorable mention nods.
Jalali earns first team distinction for the second consecutive year. The junior midfielder has not only been a success in the classroom, but on the field as well, posting four goals and one assist in 16 appearances. Oldham secures a first team All-Academic nod for the first time in his career. Additionally, the Oakland product has scored one goal and tallied a pair of assists in 18 games played.
Casiple is a second-teamer for the first time during his career, after being named as an honorable mention in 2012. One of the Bears’ co-captains, Casiple earned All-Pac-12 second team honors as well, leading the team in assists with six, and also added two goals in 18 starts for Cal.
Birnbaum is an All-Academic honorable mention for the third time in his career, adding to his honors from the 2010 and 2011 campaigns. He was named as an All-Pac-12 first team selection earlier in the week and led the team in points, with 19 and goals with nine this year for the Golden Bears in 16 appearances, all of which were starts.
Bonomo, a junior from Hillsborough, has now been named an All-Academic honorable mention for two consecutive seasons. The striker scored five goals, tallied three assists and was named as an All-Pac-12 second-teamer earlier in the week. Like Bonomo, Hallisey was an All-Academic honorable mention in 2012 as well. On Tuesday, he also earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention status for his play on the field that saw him score two goals and notch a pair of assists in 18 games played.
Sundly, the third co-captain on this list, is an All-Academic honorable mention for the second straight year. The central midfielder posted six goals, good enough for second-most on the team, and added an assist in his 18 starts in 2013. The Capistrano Beach native was also just named to the All-Pac-12 second team earlier this week for his fantastic senior season.
Serrano, a junior defender from San Jose earns his first All-Academic honorable mention nod. He has appeared in all 18 games for the Bears this season, and has tallied two assists from his outside back position. As a key fixture in defense, Serrano was a large component of Cal’s six shutouts on the season. Peach, a junior goalkeeper, is an All-Academic honorable mention for the second consecutive season, and though he has not seen action in 2013, he has been a key leader off the field for the Bears this year.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.
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.
PAC-12 All-Academic Men’s Soccer
First Team Yr. GPA Major
Ty Conklin, Stanford Sr. 3.75 Electrical Engineering
Jackson Groves, Oregon State Jr. 3.61 Digital Communication Arts
Grady Howe, UCLA So. 3.73 Business Economics
Omid Jalali, California Jr. 3.85 Business Administration
Ryan Lee, UCLA Sr. 3.89 Business Economics
Patrick Matchett, UCLA Sr. 3.72 Political Science
Austin Meyer, Stanford RS Jr. 3.74 English
Max Oldham, California Jr. 3.78 Social Welfare
Josh Smith, Oregon State Sr. 3.98 Chemical Engineering
Joe Sofia, UCLA Sr. 3.96 Communication Studies
Daniel Van Vleet, Oregon State Sr. 3.55 Exercise and Sport Science
Second Team Yr. GPA Major
Seth Casiple, California Jr. 3.43 Social Welfare
Kody Duff, San Diego State Sr. 3.51 Business Finance
Anthony Gooch, San Diego State Jr. 3.53 Exercise Nutrition Science
Drew Hutchins, Stanford Sr. 3.38 Science, Technology & Society
JJ Koval, Stanford Sr. 3.41 Human Biology
Charlie Ranahan, Washington Jr. 3.47 Business Administration
Morgan Sacco, San Diego State Sr. 3.52 Business Management
Bjorn Sandberg, Oregon State So. 3.57 Pre-Graphic Design
Justin Schmidt, Washington RS Fr. 3.44 Arts and Science Pre-Major
Ty Thompson, Stanford So. 3.62 Undeclared
Reed Williams, UCLA Sr. 3.52 Business Economics
Zach Batteer, Jr., Stanford; Matt Bersano, So., Oregon State; Steve Birnbaum, Sr., California; Stefano Bonomo, Jr., California; Jimmy Callinan, Jr., Stanford; Max Estrada, Sr., UCLA; Connor Hallisey, Jr., California; Aaron Kovar, So., Stanford; Kevin Peach, Jr., California; Dylan Serrano, Jr., California; Leo Stolz, Jr., UCLA; Alec Sundly, Sr., California; Andy Thoma, Jr., Washington; Eric Verso, RS So., Stanford; Brandon Vincent, So., Stanford.