Senior forward Cody Carlson headlined the 2011 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) awards with his Player of the Year nod, while six other members of the University of Redlands men's soccer program garnered First-Team accolades. In addition, freshman forward Charles Izydorek (Redlands, CA) collected the SCIAC's inaugural Newcomer of the Year award for men's soccer.
Senior defender Danny Day (Beaverton, OR), senior forward Jamie Griffin (Seattle, WA), junior midfielder Gabe Ramirez (Pasadena, CA), sophomore goalkeeper Andreas Silva (San Jose, CA), sophomore defender Richie Marquez (Pomona, CA) and Izydorek all landed on the All-SCIAC First Team.
Capping off a remarkable SCIAC career with the Bulldogs, Carlson collects his first Player of the Year award while notching his third consecutive All-Conference selection. A two-time captain of the squad, the veteran leader played an instrumental role in helping the Maroon and Gray to lead the SCIAC in almost every offensive category. Individually, he ranked among the top three in conference action with 19 points and eight goals. The striker also put together an impressive performance on Oct. 15 when he recorded a hat trick in the second half against the Poets of Whittier College.
Izydorek burst onto the scene in his rookie campaign, registering conference-highs in total points (29) and goals (12). Coming off of the Bulldog bench, the electric offensive spark-plug notched three multi-goal performances in SCIAC competition, highlighted by a seven-point effort against Caltech on Oct. 22.
Notching his first career All-SCIAC selection, Day was rock solid in UR's defensive third during his team's undefeated run through conference competition. One of the 2011 captains, the center-back helped the Maroon and Gray tally a 0.29 goals-against-average while allowing only four goals against SCIAC opponents. On the offensive end, Day found the back of the net on two occasions, highlighted by a game-winner against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Oct. 1.
In his final season with the Maroon and Gray, Griffin captured First-Team praise for back-to-back awards. One of the U of R's go-to offensive catalysts, the senior played with a well-balanced attack by tallying three goals and four assists in SCIAC match-ups. While going up against conference foes, Griffin made his way onto the stat sheet on six instances and recorded four multi-point games.
Known for his distribution of the ball, Ramirez earns his second consecutive First-Team accolade. This playmaker dished out eight assists while playing against SCIAC foes, placing him second overall in the conference. Furthermore, the third-year midfielder posted four multi-point games, two game-winning goals and four scores in all.
Serving as Redlands' big-time defensive stopper, Marquez acquires his second First-Team honor in as many seasons. While shutting down the opponent's top offensive threat, the second-year back-liner started in all 14 SCIAC contests for the Bulldogs. Marquez also punched home a clutch header-goal against CMS on Oct. 26 en route to a 3-1 road-victory.
A nearly impassable force in the U of R's cage, Silva put up outstanding numbers en route to successive First-Team selections. In more than 1,000 minutes of SCIAC action, the sensational second-year goalkeeper led the conference in save percentage (.945), goals-against-average (0.27) and victories (12).
As a team, the Bulldogs posted an undefeated record during SCIAC competition while outscoring conference opponents by an incredible 62-4 margin.
Redlands (20-3-1, 14-0 SCIAC) looks forward to hosting the sectional of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championships on Nov. 18-19 at Farquhar Field. The squad faces off against Calvin College (MI) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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