KANSAS CITY, Kan. - UC San Diego men’s soccer players Josh Cohen, Alec Arsht and Andisheh Bagheri were honored Friday as 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire NCAA Division II All-Americans.
Cohen was the only goalkeeper on the 11-player first team. The Sunnyvale native was also the only West Region representative on that squad. Arsht, a center back out of Oak Park, and Bagheri, a central midfielder from Davis, are on the 13-player second team, alongside a pair of selections from West foe Simon Fraser. All three Tritons were seniors this past season.
The trio are UCSD’s first NSCAA All-Americans in men’s soccer since three-time choice Matt Davey made the second team as a senior in 2005. Cohen is the first Triton first-teamer since Davey and Jonathan Shum together a decade ago, in 2003. The three NSCAA All-Americans mark a single-season program record.
UCSD now is at 10 NSCAA All-Americans, with eight at the Division II level. Arsht and Bagheri had both earlier been named to the Daktronics All-America Second Team, with Cohen garnering Daktronics All-America honorable mention. Arsht and Cohen were Daktronics All-America Second Team honorees as juniors in 2012 as well.
Arsht and Bagheri thus complete their impressive 2013 trifecta of NSCAA All-America, Daktronics All-America and Capital One Academic All-America distinction.
Bagheri paced UCSD on the attack with 22 points from a career-high 10 goals and two assists, starting 20 of 21 games played. Arsht and Cohen anchored a back line that was No. 4 nationally in goals-against average at 0.52 after leading all of Division II in that category in 2012. Arsht started all 21 games in which he appeared, adding one goal and one assist offensively. Cohen played every minute and wound up with 61 saves and 10 shutouts. He finished fifth nationally in GAA (0.517).
The Tritons had their most successful season since moving up from Division III to Division II for the 2000 campaign. Under sixth-year head coach Jon Pascale, UCSD went 14-3-5 overall, was ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation, made its first postseason appearance since 2005 and earned its first NCAA Championship berth since 2003. The Tritons’ 14 wins were their most in two decades, since 1993.
In the year’s final NSCAA/Continental Tire poll, released this past Tuesday, Dec. 10, UCSD earned a No. 9 national ranking, up from No. 17 heading into the NCAA tournament.
Arsht, Bagheri and Cohen all became eligible for NSCAA All-America recognition on the basis of being named to the NSCAA All-West Region First Team on Dec. 5. Senior center back Gavin Lamming and junior forward Alessandro Canale were selected to the second and third teams, respectively.
The only other player from the California Collegiate Athletic Association to be designated as a 2013 NSCAA All-American was Chico State senior midfielder Tyson Crim on the 13-player third team.
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