Woodland, Calif. - San Jose State University had an all-time high of six players named to the 2007 Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men’s soccer team, MPSF executive director Al Beaird announced Tuesday, January 8.
Hiroki Akiyama, Ed Brand, Savio Carrijo, Oscar Monjaras, Jacob Morrison and Sam Shore all met the necessary criteria to earn recognition for head coach Gary St. Clair’s program. This is the first time that the Spartans have had multiple Academic All-MPSF honorees in a season, having had single selections in each of the past three years, as well as in 2002. San Jose State had three Academic All-Western Athletic Conference picks back in 1996.
Akiyama, a midfielder and native of Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan, who concluded his junior season with the Spartans, has posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.71 in kinesiology. In 2007, he started every game for the second year in a row, scoring once and earning a spot on the All-MPSF second team for the second consecutive season.
Brand, a fellow junior and central defender from London, England, posted a 3.07 GPA and joined Akiyama on the All-MPSF second team after garnering first-team distinction in 2006. The co-captain aided in five shutouts while scoring a pair of penalty-kick goals for the Spartans.
Defenders Monjaras (Watsonville, Calif.), a redshirt sophomore, and Shore (Sydney, Australia), a junior, had grade point averages of 3.02 and 3.55, respectively, with Monjaras starting 13 of 15 games played and Shore starting the last 18 games in a row after missing the opener, as Brand’s central partner on the back line. He provided his first goal and first assist as a Spartan.
Carrijo (Goias, Brazil), a senior forward, had a 3.25 grade point average and started in 12 of 18 games played. He scored one goal and assisted on two others. Morrison (Green Bay, Wis.), a senior midfielder, posted a 3.26 grade point average, starting in one of 11 appearances.
A total of 32 student-athletes were nominated for the award by the six MPSF institutions on the basis of criteria that included a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, being at least a sophomore academically, completion of one full academic year at his institution and participation in fifty percent or more of competition for the season in question.
Akiyama is now a three-time Academic All-MPSF honoree. This is the eighth academic honor of his San Jose State career in all. He was recently named to the 2007 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII men’s soccer team for the first time. He is also a two-time San Jose State University Scholar-Athlete and earned 2006 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas College Scholar All-Far West Region honorable mention. Additionally, he was presented with an award at San Jose State’s annual Scholar-Athlete Celebration on November 1, 2007, for posting the fourth highest cumulative GPA, 3.736, among all Spartan male student-athletes for the 2006-07 school year.