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Arsht and Bagheri Named to Daktronics All-America Second Team
Release: Wednesday 12/04/2013 
by UCSD

EVANS, Ga. - UC San Diego’s Alec Arsht and Andisheh Bagheri were named Wednesday to the 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer All-America Second Team.

Arsht and Bagheri were among 13 players on the second team. A third Triton senior, goalkeeper Josh Cohen, earned Daktronics All-America honorable mention.

Arsht, a center back out of Oak Park, is now a two-time Daktronics All-American, having been joined on the second team by Sunnyvale product Cohen a year ago. Bagheri, a central midfielder from Davis, is a first-time All-American. Bagheri (first team) and Arsht (second) were already chosen as first-time Capital One Academic All-Americans late last month.

The trio guided the Tritons to their most successful season since moving up from Division III to Division II for the 2000 campaign. Under the direction of 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 17th-ranked Tritons were eliminated on penalty kicks in the third round in Denver, Colo., on Nov. 22 by No. 12 Simon Fraser.

Bagheri paced UCSD offensively 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 is No. 5 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 this season and wound up with 61 saves and 10 individual shutouts. He is sixth nationally in GAA (0.517).

Sports information directors from NCAA Division II schools and conferences sponsoring men’s soccer selected the Daktronics All-America teams. The process begins at the regional level with all first-team All-Region picks advancing to the national ballot. This is the eighth year Daktronics has sponsored the NCAA Division II men’s soccer All-America and All-Region teams. A total of 60 student-athletes filled out the three teams and honorable mention selections.

UCSD had the largest representation of any program in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), with Cal State L.A. defender Dane Nielsen and Sonoma State forward Taylor Varnadore making the second team, and Cal State Dominguez Hills duo Aaron Salazar and Alejandro Covarrubias and Chico State seniors Octavio Guzman and Jake Ward gaining honorable mention.

In fact, with West Region champion Simon Fraser even getting just two players onto the first team, Pascale's Tritons led the region in Daktronics honorees.

The teams are sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., recognized worldwide in its industry as the leading designer and manufacturer of electronic scoreboards, programmable display systems and large-screen video displays using light emitting diode (LED) technology. The teams are voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Junior forward Eivind Austboe of Long Island University Post (N.Y.), a native of Stavanger, Norway, was chosen as the Ron Lenz National Player of the Year.

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