Seniors Joe Sofia and Reed Williams and sophomore Grady Howe were all selected to the Capital One Academic All-District Team, as announced by the organization today. This is the second year in a row that Williams and Sofia have been named to the All-District team while Howe was selected for the first time.
Sofia, a senior defender from Dove Canyon, Calif., has started 14 of UCLA’s 15 matches this season while serving as the anchor of the back line. He has captained the Bruins to a No. 3 national ranking and an 8-3-4 record thus far while leading the position players in minutes with 1,254. Off the field, Sofia became UCLA’s first ever men’s soccer player to earn first-team Capital One Academic All-America honors in 2012. He has also upheld the highest GPA among all UCLA student-athletes since the spring of 2012.
Williams has played in all 15 matches in 2013, scoring one goal in 610 minutes. The forward from Newport Beach, Calif. was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2012 after tying for the team lead in goals (7) and finishing second in points (18). Entering this year, Williams was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List for the National Player of the Year. Like Sofia, he has been stellar in the classroom as well, earning honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic accolades in each of the last two years.
Howe is a sophomore midfielder/defender from Newport Beach, Calif. who has played in every single match since his arrival in Westwood (34 matches in total). He was voted UCLA’s Rookie of the Year in 2012 and earned second-team Freshman All-America honors from College Soccer News last year. This season, he has helped UCLA earn five shutouts while recording eight shots in 759 minutes.
The Bruins have now landed 12 players all-time on the Capital One Academic All-District Team and have produced seven selections in the last two seasons. To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-District Team, a player must have a 3.30 GPA and above, have sophomore standing at the school and have had completed one year at the institution.The Bruins (8-3-4, 3-1-3) will look to keep pace in a tight Pac-12 race this weekend as they travel to the Bay Area to face Stanford (7-4-2, 1-3-1) on Friday, November 1 at 6 p.m. and No. 1 California (10-1-2, 4-0-1) on Sunday, November 3 at 1 p.m. Both matches will be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks.