Four Tritons Earn Postseason Recognition From CCAA
SAN RAMON, Calif. - Four University of California San Diego men's soccer student-athletes were recognized by the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) when the league office announced postseason awards on Thursday.
Fifth-year senior holding central midfielder Matt Merrill and junior center back Kelvin Uribe both made the 11-player All-CCAA Second Team, while redshirt senior right back and team captain Jeff Powers, and sophomore forward Jonathan Sabouri (Carlsbad/San Dieguito HS Academy), picked up All-CCAA honorable mentions.
Of that quartet, Uribe was an All-CCAA Second Team pick as a true freshman as well, before earning honorable mention a year ago. Powers and Sabouri both garner their second All-CCAA honorable mentions in a row. Merrill is a first-timer.
Uribe and Merrill have started all 16 games they have appeared in, both missing out on three games through injury. Uribe has played every minute of those 16 contests, anchoring six shutouts. Merrill's first collegiate goal was the stunning 80th-minute game-winner from 25 yards in a come-from-behind, 2-1 home decision over Cal State Monterey Bay in the Tritons' CCAA opener back on Sept. 14. He has been in the middle of seven of club's eight clean sheets on the year.
Sabouri is UC San Diego's leading point-getter for the second straight year to start his college career. He has 11 total points from four goals and three assists. Sabouri's four goals are good enough for a share of the team lead. He started each of the first 18 matches, before being forced to miss Tuesday's CCAA Tournament tilt due to an injury suffered in the regular-season finale on Oct. 27. The San Diego product's only game-winner was the lone tally in the 85th minute of a 1-0 home upset of then-ninth-ranked Cal State LA on Oct. 19.
Powers has drawn 18 starts and has the most minutes of any UC San Diego field player. He only missed the Oct. 25 victory at Stanislaus State, due to a red-card suspension incurred on Senior Day on Oct. 21 against Cal State Dominguez Hills. The San Jose native scored the clutch winner in a 1-0 decision at CCAA semifinalist Cal State San Bernardino on Oct. 12, to go along with three assists. A career-high two of them came in a 3-1 home victory over Pacific West Conference champion Azusa Pacific on Sept. 1. Two of those helpers have been on match deciders.
UC San Diego, ranked No. 20 in the latest national poll, is 13-4-2 overall and finished 7-3-2 in the CCAA, tying for fifth place. The Tritons qualified for a program-best sixth consecutive CCAA Tournament, but as the No. 6 seed, were eliminated by third-seeded host Chico State on Tuesday night by the final score of 2-0.
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. 5, at 3 p.m. PT on NCAA.com.
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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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