Mondi, Fernandez Earn CoSIDA Academic Accolades
AUSTIN, Tex. - Oregon State midfielder Tyrone Mondi and goalkeeper Adrian Fernandez earned academic accolades from College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for excelling in the classroom and on the pitch this season.
Mondi is collecting his third career Academic All-America award, having earned two while competing at Coastal Carolina. The Bloemfontein, South Africa native started all 20 of the Beavers' competitions this fall and led the team and Pac-12 in goals scored (8) and points (21) during the regular season. He tallied three game-winners this season against Air Force (Aug. 30), Portland (Sept. 3), and Stanford (Oct. 28). The midfielder received several postseason accolades, including Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Pac-12, First Team All-Far West Region, and United Soccer Coaches All-America honors. Mondi is pursuing a masters degree in business administration.
Pursuing a degree in economics, Fernandez earned his first Academic All-District honor alongside Mondi, as both were selected from CoSIDA's District 8. Fernandez started all 20 games and clocked 1,880 minutes in goal this season. The Madrid, Spain native earned ten solo shutouts, including two in the NCAA Tournament and three in a row spanning from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4. He also surpassed Oregon State's career solo shutouts record, previously held by Peter Billmeyer, on Sept. 3 and now holds the record at 24. Fernandez earned his second consecutive Honorable Mention nod from the Pac-12 and was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Nov. 1 for his performances against Stanford (Oct. 28) and Cal (Oct. 31).
This fall, the Beavers went 14-2-4 (7-1-2) in a historic campaign highlighted by several monumental moments. Throughout the season, OSU climbed the weekly United Soccer Coaches ranks until they clinched the program's first No. 1 national ranking on Nov. 9. The Beavers also tabbed the No. 1 spot in the NCAA Men's Soccer RPI for two consecutive weeks. Oregon State posted 10 total shutouts this fall, eight in the regular season and two in tournament play. The Orange and Black also edged past No. 23 UCLA on Sept. 30, coming back from a 3-1 deficit and scoring three goals within three minutes to win 4-3. On Oct. 22, the No. 8 ranked Beavers toppled No. 1 Washington, 3-2, in Seattle. After clinching the Pac-12 title for the first time in program history with a 2-2 draw against No. 3 Washington, the Beavers earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and marked their first appearances in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds.