Natalie Saddic, Mary Reilly and Summer Bales Honored as All-Americans
ADA, Okla., and KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Summer Bales, Mary Reilly and Natalie Saddic of the sixth-ranked University of California San Diego women's soccer program were named Wednesday as All-Americans for the 2018 season.
Bales (Temecula/Great Oak HS), Reilly (Chula Vista/Hilltop HS) and Saddic (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) were all first selected by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA). Saddic is one of four defenders on the 13-player first team. Reilly is one of four forwards on the 13-player second team, and Bales one of four midfielders on the 12-player third team.
Saddic is the lone West Region representative on the D2CCA All-America First Team, and is one of only three first-team members with previous D2CCA All-America distinctions. She made the second team a year ago, with Reilly having earned D2CCA All-America honorable mention as a sophomore in 2016.
Saddic is also the only player from the West Region on the United Soccer Coaches All-America First Team, as one of three defenders and 11 student-athletes in all. She was chosen to the coaches' association's All-America first team in 2017 as well. Reilly made the 13-player third team as one of six forwards.
All three Tritons have started all 23 matches for West Region, California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season and CCAA Tournament treble winner UC San Diego, whose great season is not over. Saddic and Bales are the team captains.
UC San Diego is in Pittsburgh, Pa., ready to take on 17th-ranked Bridgeport (Conn.) in the first national semifinal on Thursday, Nov. 29. Kickoff at Highmark Stadium is set for 2 p.m. PT ( 5 p.m. ET). The game can be watched for free on NCAA.com.
Saddic has provided two goals and a career-best five assists offensively from her defensive central midfield position, while anchoring 12 shutouts over 23 contests. Reilly leads the West Region with a career-best 16 goals, adding four assists for 36 total points. Seven of her goals have been game deciders. Bales leads the CCAA in assists for a second year in a row, with a new career high of 10, to go with two goals.
Megumi Barber (San Diego/Mt. Carmel HS), like Bales and Reilly a fourth-year senior, was also on Monday selected to the United Soccer Coaches All-West Region First Team, marking her first regional honor. She has a career-high 11 goals in 2018.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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