NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The accolades continue to come for Cal State Northridge junior forward Sagi Lev-Ari, who was named an NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I First Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Friday morning. Lev-Ari, who was the nation's leading scorer with 16 goals and 38 points entering the NCAA Tournament, becomes CSUN's first First Team All-American in men's soccer since Willie Sims in 2005.
Lev-Ari put up eye-popping numbers to lead the Northridge attack in 2013 and garnered numerous honors in the process. In addition to being named to the All-Big West Conference First Team, he was chosen as one of 15 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy and a finalist for Soccer News Net's College Boot. Both awards are given to the top player in the country.
The striker from Haifa, Israel, finished second in the fan vote for the Hermann Trophy.
Lev-Ari's scoring output this season earned him a spot on the NSCAA's All-Far West Region First Team and CollegeSportsMadness.com tabbed him as an All-American at the end of the regular season. With 38 points in 2013, he produced the highest total that the Matadors have seen since Federico Arroyo collected 40 in 1998. When he recorded at least one point in a match this year, the Matadors went 11-1-0 and he had at least three points in a match six times.
His 16 goals tie for seventh in a single season in the school record book with Sims (2004) and Jose Perez (1984), while his point total ties with Perez for ninth. In just two seasons (45 matches) with CSUN, Lev-Ari has scored 31 goals and six assists for 68 points. He is one goal and four points shy of cracking the Top 10 in CSUN history with his senior season still ahead of him.
Lev-Ari has scored at least 10 goals in both seasons for the Matadors and nine more as a senior will make him the fourth player to reach 40 for CSUN.