Estrada Named Soccer America Freshman of the Year, Zizzo Selected to MVP Team

Dec. 20, 2006

Soccer America magazine selected UCLA forward David Estrada as its National Freshman of the Year and named sophomore midfielder Sal Zizzo one of 11 MVPs for the season. In addition, two other Bruins were selected to the All-Freshman Team. Midfielder/forward Kyle Nakazawa earned first-team acclaim along with Estrada, and midfielder Michael Stephens earned second-team honors.

Estrada, a walk-on from Salinas, Calif. (Alisal HS), led UCLA in scoring in 2006 with 12 goals and 28 points, the most by a Bruin freshman since Joe-Max Moore scored 32 in 1990. After seeing limited action in the Bruins' first 10 games, Estrada was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time on Oct. 5 at UC Santa Barbara and proceeded to score 11 goals in the Bruins' last 13 games of the year. In the NCAA Tournament, he scored two goals to lead UCLA to a 3-0 third-round victory over Clemson and recorded the game's first two goals in the 4-0 semifinal rout over No. 4 seed Virginia. Estrada earned second-team All-Pac-10 acclaim and was chosen to the Top Drawer Soccer All-Freshman first team.

Zizzo, a U.S. Under-20 National Team player from San Diego, Calif. (Patrick Henry HS), went on a tear in the NCAA Tournament, scoring a Tournament-best 11 points on five goals and one assist to finish the year with seven goals, a Pac-10 leading nine assists and 23 points. In the NCAA tournament, he scored two first-half goals to help beat Harvard, 3-0, in the second round. Against Clemson in the third round, he had a goal and an assist in the 3-0 victory. His biggest heroics came in the quarterfinals at top-seeded Duke, where he scored the game-tying goal to bring the Bruins back from an early 2-0 deficit and then scored the game-winning goal just 30 seconds into overtime to send UCLA to the College Cup. Zizzo was earlier selected a second-team NSCAA/adidas All-American and earned first-team NSCAA/adidas All-Far West and first-team All-Pac-10 honors.

Nakazawa, a member of the U.S. Under-18 National Team, started every game for the Bruins and ranked second on the team with eight assists. He also had four goals for a total of 16 points, fourth-best on the UCLA squad. Nakazawa, who hails from Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (Edison Academic Center) was a first-team All-Freshman selection by Top Drawer Soccer and earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 acclaim.

Stephens, also a U.S. Under-18 National Team member, started in the Bruins' last 22 games of the year and played in all 24. The freshman from Naperville, Ill. (Edison Academic Center) scored two goals, including one in the NCAA semifinal win over Virginia, and had three assists on the year, all on game-winners. Stephens earned first-team All-Freshman acclaim from Top Drawer Soccer.

Soccer America Men's Freshman of the Year
David Estrada (UCLA)

Soccer America Men's All-Freshmen
F Andre Akpan (Harvard)
D Nick Cardenas (San Diego State)
F David Estrada (UCLA)
M Michael Farfan (Cal State Fullerton)
M Jeremy Hall (Maryland)
G Sean Kelley (George Mason)
M Stephen McCarthy (Santa Clara)
F Kyle Nakazawa (UCLA)
F Ryan Soroka (St. John's)
D Bakary Soumare (Virginia)
F Darren Yeagle (Indiana)

G Jovan Bubonja (UIC)
D Greg Eckhardt (Clemson)
D Omar Gonzalez (Maryland)
M Ciaran O'Brien (San Diego)
D Ofori Sarkodie (Indiana)
F Zack Schilawski (Wake Forest)
D Chris Schuler (Creighton)
M Toni Stahl (Connecticut)
M Michael Stephens (UCLA)
M Jonathan Villanueva (Virginia)
D Rob Viviano (Saint Louis)

Soccer America Men's MVPs
M Nico Colaluca (Virginia)
F Charlie Davies (Boston College)
D Andy Iro (UC Santa Barbara)
F Joseph Lapira (Notre Dame)
D Jay Needham (SMU)
M David Roth (Northwestern)
G Chris Seitz (Maryland)
F Jarrod Smith (West Virginia)
D Julian Valentin (Wake Forest)
M Michael Videira (Duke)
M Sal Zizzo (UCLA)

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