Four Bruins Earn Academic All-Pac-10 Soccer Honors

Nov. 24, 2003

Walnut Creek, Calif. - UCLA men's soccer seniors Dru Hoshimiya (South Pasadena, Calif.) and Zach Wells (Costa Mesa, Calif.) were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team, while teammates Matt Taylor (Irvine, Calif.) and Ryan Valdez (Placentia, Calif.) earned honorable mention honors.

Hoshimiya, a sociology major with a 3.46 GPA, was a CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII first-team selection this season and earned honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 honors in 2001. Hoshimiya, a defender/midfielder, has scored two goals with one assist this season and has been a key member of the nation's second-ranked defense.

Wells, who today was also named a second-team Academic All-American, is an American Literature & Culture major with a 3.22 GPA. Wells ranks second in the nation with a 0.39 goals against average and has earned 10 solo shutouts while allowing only seven goals on the year. He is two saves away from tying the all-time UCLA record for career saves, 261 set by Anton Nistl. Wells has previously been named to the Pac-10 All-Academic second team in 2002 and 2001.

Taylor, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, was named to the honorable mention team for the third consecutive year, and Valdez, a sophomore midfielder, was chosen to the honorable mention team for the first time in his career.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

First Team
Pieter Berger, CAL So. 3.66 Undeclared
Peter Billmeyer, OSU** Sr. 3.43 Business Administration
Joe Birklid, WASH* Jr. 3.67 English
Robby Fulton, STAN* Jr. 3.54 Economics
Dru Hoshimiya, UCLA Sr. 3.46 Sociology
Todd Leber, STAN* Jr. 3.62 International Relations
Jeff Margarian, FS So. 3.90 Undeclared
Nino Rivas, FS* Sr. 3.98 Exercise Science
James Twellman, STAN Jr. 3.73 International Relations
Sean Whalen, STAN Jr. 3.67 Mechanical Engineering
Zach Wells, UCLA** Sr. 3.22 English

Second Team
Casey Armstrong, WASH* Jr. 3.25 Business Administration
Yohei Fukuda, CAL* Jr. 3.37 Undeclared
Abe Geiger, STAN* Sr. 3.31 Political Science
Andrew Gregorio, FS So. 3.34 Undeclared
Mat Herold, FS* Sr. 3.27 Exercise Science
Matt Janusz, STAN Jr. 3.12 Psychology
Alex Martinez, CAL* Jr. 3.39 Business Administration
Garrett Terracciano, CAL So. 3.64 Undeclared
Tyson Wahl, CAL So. 3.46 Undeclared
Daniel Waltman, WASH* Sr. 3.35 Business Administration
Mike Wilson, STAN* Sr. 3.27 International Relations
* - two-time all-academic selection
** - three-time all-academic selection

HONORABLE MENTION: Mike Chabala, So., WASH; Nick Donaldson, Sr., OSU; Ross Duncan, Sr., OSU; Brian Farber, Sr., OSU; Andrew Felder, RS Fr., CAL; Nick Hatzke, So., CAL; Jeff Hoover, So., WASH; Aaron Maines, Jr., STAN; Chad Marshall, So., STAN; Bronson McDonald, So., STAN; Noah Merl, Jr., CAL; Kurt Ness, Sr., OSU; Matt Taylor, Sr., UCLA; Ryan Valdez, So., UCLA; Brian Walker, Sr., CAL; Brett Wiesner, Jr., WASH.

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