Saunders, Munoz Named to First Team All-Far West
Dec. 2, 2002
For the first time in the program's history, the California men's soccer team named three players to the NSCAA/adidas All-Far West team, as announced Monday afternoon by the 2002 All-America Committee. In addition, senior goalkeeper Josh Saunders will attend the United States under-23 Olympic Team Camp held in Florida, Dec. 15-21.
Sophomore Mike Munoz and Saunders were selected to the All Far-West first team and sophomore defender Troy Roberts was named to the second-team All Far-West. Munoz, a two-time All Far-West member, was also garnered with first team All-Pac-10 honors at the conclusion of the regular season. This is only the fourth time in Cal history that a Cal player has been named to the All Far-West team twice in a career. A Los Alamitos, Calif. native, Munoz finished the 2002 season with a team-high 19 points, including eight goals and three assists.
Saunders, the 2002 Pac-10 Player of the Year, concluded his senior year after two seasons with the Bears (transferred from Cal State Fullerton) as the top goalkeeper in the region. Saunders logged over 2000 minutes and started in all 22 games this year. The Lake Forest, Calif. native recorded a 0.85 GAA, the fifth-lowest in Cal history, including 67 saves. His 10 shutouts are the second-most in a single-season in Cal record books and his 15 career shutouts are the fifth-highest in an individual career. Saunders' career 0.77 GAA is the lowest in the all-time Cal record books, surpassing Todd Harmon's 0.89 GAA (1984-1986).
Saunders was also invited to attend the United States under-23 Olympic Team Camp held next month in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. There, Saunders will be training with the U.S. U-23 team and competing against the U-23 Canada team on Dec. 19 and 21. Head coach Kevin Grimes told Saunders the news on the trip back to Berkeley Sunday afternoon after Saturday night's match against UCLA in the third round of the NCAA Championships.
'I was so happy when I heard,' said Saunders. 'I was very surprised.'
Roberts, a member of the 2002 All-Pac-10 team, was a key component to the Bears' defense this year. The Fremont, Calif. native has started in every game since his freshman year at Cal. In the backfield, Roberts led the defense to 11 shutouts and a 0.83 GAA, allowing a mere 19 goals by opponents throughout the entire season.
Saunders and Munoz now advance to consideration for All-American honors along with the rest of the 12 athletes on the All Far-West first team.