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Eight Bears Named To CoSida Academic All-District Team

Nov 11, 2021

BERKELEY - California women's soccer boasted the most CoSida Academic All-District Team members in the country as eight Bears were named to the team. Emily Smith and Kaylee Nguyen earned first team honors, while Angelina Anderson, Sydney Collins, Mia Fontana, Paige Metayer, Abby Borchers and Anysa Gray made the second team.
The eight honorees, ties a CoSida record that Cal set in 2019 when they also had eight players named to the Academic All-District team.

"This is a marvelous achievement by our student-athletes and a testament of their dedication to their studies," head coach Neil McGuire said. "We couldn't be more proud of them." 
This is the fourth consecutive season that Smith has been named to the All-District first team. The fifth-year senior was also an Academic All-American during the 2020 season. The Los Gatos native also won Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2020. Smith started all 18 games in defense this season and led the Bears in minutes with 1,712, playing all but three minutes this season.
This is the third straight year that Metayer has been named to one of the All-District teams. The senior from Irvine started all 18 games and was second on the team in minutes, playing 1,678 in midfield and scoring one goal.
Anderson, a junior from Danville, earned All-District honors for the second consecutive season. The goalkeeper currently sits in fifth place in school history with 200 saves. She's also tied for fourth with 20 career shutouts, after recording seven this season.
Collins was also named to the Academic All-District team for the second time after previously earning the honor in 2019. The Beaverton, Oregon native started 17 games this year and led the team with four assists, while primarily playing as a defender.
Nguyen, Fontana, Borchers and Gray were all named to the team for the first time. Nguyen was a crucial part of the Bears' midfield as she played in 16 games and started 12. Fontana came on towards the end of the year, starting each of the Bears' final five games, finishing the year with one goal. Borchers and Gray each scored two goals this year for the Bears while playing on the forward line. Gray was second on the team with five points, while Borchers tied for third with four points.  
Cal is part of District 8, which includes the regions of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Canada. In order to be eligible for the award, student-athletes needed to have a 3.30 GPA or above while playing in more than half of their team's games this year. They must also have more than one year at their institution.