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UCLA Men's Soccer Caps Off 2013 Season with End of the Year Awards
By: UCLA Athletics

The UCLA men's soccer team capped off the 2013 season by handing out the annual end of the year awards at the team banquet.

Junior Leo Stolz was awarded with both the Paul Caligiuri Team MVP and Cobi Jones Offensive MVP awards. Stolz became the sixth UCLA player all-time to be named Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2013 and was a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given out to the nation's top collegiate men's soccer player. He led the Pac-12 conference in points (30) and goals (11) and finished tied for the team lead in assists with eight. Overall, he finished the season ranked 13th nationally in points, 20th in goals scored and 25th in assists. Stolz also ended the season with four game-winning goals, another conference best, and posted three multi-goal games on the year. In addition, Stolz earned first-team All-America honors from every major national publication in 2013.

Junior keeper Earl Edwards Jr. was honored with the Brad Friedel Defensive MVP award while freshman Michael Amick received the Jorge Salcedo Rookie of the Year award. Edwards served as the team co-captain in 2013 and earned first-team All-Pac-12 and NSCAA All-West Region honors. He was also named a Soccer America second-team All-American.  Edwards started all 20 matches for the Bruins, making 73 saves and logging a 1.13 GAA in 1,908 minutes. Additionally, he tallied seven shutouts on the season, which was good for second-most in the Pac-12. 

Amick, a native of Sunnyvale, Calif., played in 18 matches while making 16 starts. Spending the season mostly at center back, Amick played in six of UCLA's seven shutouts, amassing a total of 1,484 minutes to lead all UCLA freshmen. Additionally, he was named the No. 12 freshman to watch in the country by Top Drawer Soccer.

The Joe Max Moore Most Improved Award went to both junior Andrew Tusaazemajja and freshman Gage Zerboni. Tusaazemajja played in 10 games last season, making two starts at forward while recording one shot in 217 minutes. Zerboni appeared in 14 matches, tying for third on the team with 10 points (4g, 2 a) while scoring two game-winning goals.

Finally, the Sigi Schmid Coaches Award went to sophomore Grady Howe, who played in all 20 matches, making 11 starts. Howe helped the Bruins earn seven shutouts on the year while recording nine shots and logging one assist. He was also stellar in the classroom, earning Capital One Academic All-District team honors and being named a first-team Pac-12 All-Academic selection.

UCLA concluded the 2013 campaign with a 12-3-5 overall record while earning the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003. The Bruins made their 31st consecutive and 41st overall NCAA Tournament berth in 2013 and finished second in the Pac-12 Conference. They also defeated four top-3 opponents this past season, including two teams that were ranked No. 1 at the time of their matchup with the Bruins. Finally, six Bruins were named to the All-Pac-12 team and seven received All-Academic honors from the conference.

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