Three Bruins Selected To NSCAA All-Far West Men's Soccer Team

Nov. 28, 2001

Sweet Sixteen participant UCLA placed three players on the NSCAA All-Far West men's soccer team.

Sophomore defender Alex Yi (Easton, Md.) earned first-team acclaim. Sophomore defender Nelson Akwari (Houston, Texas) was a second-team selection, and junior forward Tim Pierce (Dana Point, Calif.) earned third-team honors.

Yi and Akwari have led UCLA's defense to nine shutouts this year, including five in the last seven games. Pierce has been UCLA's offensive leader, scoring 10 goals and 22 points, including three goals in the first two rounds of the playoffs. All three players are first-time honorees.

The Bruins have now had at least one player earn NSCAA All-Far West honors in every year since 1969.

2001 NSCAA All-Far West Selections

1st Team
GK - Justin Neerhoff, Sr., San Diego
B - Lee Morrison, Sr., Stanford
B - Bryn Ritchie, Sr., Washington
B - Alex Yi, So., UCLA
M - Ryan Coiner, Jr., San Diego
M - Kelly Gray, Jr., Portland
M - Nate Jaqua, So., Portland
F - Roger Levesque, Jr., Stanford
F - Jason Melendez, Sr., UNLV
F - Jon Spencer, Sr., UC-Irvine
F - Arturo Torres, Jr., Loyola Marymount

2nd Team
GK - Curtis Spiteri, Jr., Portland
B - Nelson Akwari, So., UCLA
B - Todd Dunivant, Jr., Stanford
B - Jeff Stewart, Sr., Santa Clara
M - Lars Lysand, Sr., San Jose State
M - Derek Shanahan, Sr., Stanford
M - Ben Somoza, Sr., Washington
F - Sean Luigs, Sr., Sacramento State
F - Aaron McHardy, Jr., Oregon State
F - Mike Munoz, Fr., California
F - Enrique Tovar, Sr., San Diego State

3rd Team
GK - Rusty Johnson, Sr., Santa Clara
B - Ryan Cochrane, Fr., Santa Clara
B - Garret Turk, Jr., San Diego
B - Saul Wolf, Sr., UC-Irvine
M - Noah Delgado, Sr., Fresno State
M - Andres Murriagui, Jr., Loyola Marymount
M - Chris Roner, Sr., California
F - Ignacio Cid, Fr., Oregon State
F - Kelly Frederick, Jr., UNLV
F - Brandon Henley, Sr., Portland
F - Tim Pierce, Jr., UCLA

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