Ten men's soccer student-athletes from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) received All-West Region honors by United Soccer Coaches as recently announced by the organization.
Four players received First Team All-West Region recognition including Claremont-Mudd-Scripps's (CMS) defender William Birchard, midfield Arman Mogharei and forward Kayvon Parsa of Redlands, and 2018 SCIAC Athlete of the Year midfielder Liam Walsh of Occidental.
CMS defender Adam Singer, and forward Kai Howe of Chapman received Second Team All-Region praise, while goalkeeper Chandler Siemonsma (Chapman), defender Riley McCabe (Occidental), midfielder Aidan Johnson (CMS), and forward Bjorn Sigurdsson of Pomona-Pitzer were tabbed third team honorees.
Birchard, Mogharei and Parsa each joined Walsh on the 2018 all-conference first team, while Singer, Howe, McCabe, Johnson and Sigurdsson were also All-SCIAC First Team selections.
Walsh was electric for Occidental during the 2018 campaign, netting 17 goals and picking up three assists (37 points), helping the Tigers to the third seed in the conference postseason tournament en route to his Athlete of the Year honor. Occidental defeated second-seeded Redlands to advance the tournament final where it fell to fourth-seeded Chapman. McCabe helped the Tigers advance to the title game as he anchored a backline that kept 10 shutouts during the season. He also contributed three goals and two assists.
The CMS trio helped the Stags to the top seed in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament after notching 36 points on the strength of a 12-2-0 record in league play. Birchard netted a team-high six goals and five assists (17 points) from his backline position, while Singer added a marker. Together, with the help of excellent link up play in the middle through Johnson, CMS was able to keep 14 clean sheets in 2018.
Redlands' duo of Mogharei and Parsa was impressive throughout the season as Parsa led the team with 12 goals to highlight 26 points (including six game-winners), while Mogharei chipped in four scores and two assists from the midfield. Howe and Siemonsma were equally effective for the SCIAC automatic qualifier Panthers in their respective positions as Howe led the team with six goals and five assists for 17 points, while Siemonsma notched 60 saves, an .882 save percentage, and allowed just eight goals (0.58 GAA) in his debut season.
Despite his team just missing the postseason tournament, Sigurdsson led Pomona-Pitzer with 17 points on the strength of seven goals and three assists, with two of those scores proving to be game-winners.