Bulldog Men's Soccer Collects Five NSCAA All-Far West Region Awards
It was announced on Tuesday that five men's soccer players from the University of Redlands landed among the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Far West Region teams for their stellar play during the 2011 season. Senior midfielder Cody Carlson (Burbank, CA) headlines the group as the only First-Team recipient, while senior defender Danny Day (Beaverton, OR) and senior forward Jamie Griffin (Seattle, WA) earn Second-Team honors and sophomore goalkeeper Andreas Silva (San Jose, CA) and sophomore Richie Marquez (Pomona, CA) collect Third-Team nods.
Each of these players provided integral contributions throughout the 2011 season, which culminated in the Bulldogs' advancement to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships as well as the program's 11 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championship. During the team's undefeated run through the conference, Redlands out-scored its opponents by a 62-4 margin.
After being named the SCIAC Player of the Year, Carlson garners his third All-Region award with back-to-back spots on the First Team. During the Bulldogs' 20-3-2 season, he fired off 13 goals and four assists for 30 points as an attacking midfielder. While starting every game for the Maroon and Gray, he recorded at least one point in 12 games, highlighted by his second-half hat trick against Whittier College on Oct. 15.
Carlson now moves onto the national ballot for a possible repeat All-America award.
Following a solid career with the Bulldogs, Day collects his inaugural All-Region honor with this year's Second-Team nod. As one of the team's captains, he provided rock-solid defense during Redlands' conference championship run and NCAA Sweet-16 appearance. This center-back helped the Maroon and Gray to tally a goals-against-average of 0.58. On the offensive end of the field, Day found the back of the net on three occasions for two game-winners while providing two assists for a total of eight points.
Griffin also gains his first All-Region nod while capping off a solid career with the Bulldogs. During the team's memorable season, he provided a well-timed offensive spark with seven goals and 10 assists for 24 points. His assists place him in a tie for tops among the Bulldogs. Overall, Griffin notched seven multi-point games, highlighted by his five-point outburst on Sept. 1 against Carthage College (WI), which included the game-winner.
In only his second season at Redlands, Silva repeats as a Third-Team recipient after serving as the Bulldogs' top goalkeeper in more than 1,872 minutes of action. A nearly impassable force, he accounted for 95 saves and seven shutouts en route to an individual record of 18-3-1. Silva earned a save percentage of 0.880 to go along with an impressive goals-against-average of 0.62.
Wrapping up the Bulldogs' All-Region accolades, Marquez takes home his second award following last year's First-Team nod. While serving as Redlands' big-time defensive stopper, Marquez was often charged with shutting down the opponent's top offensive threat. He also registered two goals and two assists as a set-piece threat, highlighted by his header-goal against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Oct. 26 en route to a 3-1 road-victory.
For a complete list of the NSCAA All-Region teams, please log on to http://www.nscaa.com/news/2011/12/2011-ncaa-division-iii-men-all-far-west.