Nolan Mac Selected to All-CCAA Second Team With Five Teammates Earning Honorable Mentions
SAN RAMON, Calif. - The No. 13 University of California San Diego men's soccer program had seven student-athletes gain postseason attention from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), as announced Thursday by the league office.
Fourth-year senior left back Nolan Mac made the 11-player All-CCAA Second Team, while Malek Bashti, Steven Ortiz, Jeff Powers, Jonathan Sabouri (Carlsbad/San Dieguito HS Academy) and Kelvin Uribe all earned All-CCAA honorable mentions.
Mac is the only current Triton who has completed his undergraduate degree already, back in June in physiology and neuroscience, and is in graduate school at UC San Diego. He had a decision to make last off-season, of whether to return for his final year of eligibility. Mac opted to come back, and has spearheaded what is statistically the top defense in the CCAA and once again one of the top defenses nationally. He has also added his first three collegiate goals and one assist offensively, including one in CCAA play while starting all 11 of those contests.
Bashti, a fifth-year senior forward, has two goals and two assists in league action, with 10 starts over the 11 games. Strike partner Sabouri leads in both goals and points with six and 14, respectively, including a recent hat trick at Cal State East Bay. Ortiz has been the playmaker, with a goal and team-best three assists in conference matches.
Powers and Uribe are the right back and center back on that defense that has posted a 0.761 team goals-against average, 19th in Division II. Powers has missed just one CCAA game and contributed two assists on the offensive end. Uribe missed some time due to injury and started eight of the 11 league matchups.
Bashti and Mac had garnered honorable mention a year ago, with Uribe an All-CCAA Second Team pick as a true freshman.
UC San Diego is 10-2-5 overall and finished 7-1-3 in the CCAA, good enough for third place. The Tritons had their CCAA Tournament cut short, as the defending champion and third seed, in the first round at home this past Tuesday night by sixth-seeded San Francisco State, 1-0. The result ended an 11-game unbeaten run (8-0-3) for UCSD, the longest in its Division II history, since 2000.
Triton Soccer Stadium still plays host to the men's and women's semifinals and finals this Friday and Sunday. All games are viewable for free in HD on UCSDtritons.tv. The Triton men will have to await the announcement of the 38-team NCAA Division II Championship field on Monday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m. PT on NCAA.com.