Schonhofer Bartra, Lev-Ari Take Home Best XI Honors
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Matadors earned two more individual honors at the end of a highly productive season, as Cal State Northridge forward Sagi Lev-Ari was named to the TDS National Best XI Second Team and defender Pol Schonhofer Bartra was named to the TDS Freshman Best XI Second Team, TopDrawerSoccer.com announced Monday morning. Similar to the All-America system, the TDS Men's Soccer Best XI recognizes the top overall players in the country, as well as the nation's top freshmen.
In addition to being selected as one of the top freshmen in Division I soccer, Schonhofer Bartra was also chosen to the All-Big West Conference Freshman Team by the league's head coaches at the end of the regular season. The center back from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, made an immediate impact in his first full season with the team.
The defender appeared in 22 matches this year and scored the first goal of 2013 for CSUN on a header against Albany. Schonhofer saw time at all positions on the back line and figures to be a key figure on defense for the Matadors for years to come.
Lev-Ari, who was the nation's leading scorer with 16 goals and 38 points entering the NCAA Tournament, was also named a First Team All-American by the NSCAA, the first in men's soccer for CSUN since Willie Sims in 2005. 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 had 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.