Woodland, Calif. - San Jose State University had a trio of scholar-athletes named to the 2009 Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's soccer team, MPSF executive director Al Beaird announced on Friday, January 8.
Nick Cukar, Oscar Monjaras and Dan Addiego met the necessary criteria to earn recognition for head coach Gary St. Clair's squad, which had boasted all-time program highs of six Academic All-MPSF players following each of the previous two campaigns. The 2007 season marked the first time that the Spartans had multiple Academic All-MPSF honorees in the same year, having had single selections in 2006, 2005 and 2004, as well as in 2002. San Jose State had three Academic All-Western Athletic Conference picks back in 1996.
The Academic All-MPSF awards are the third, second and first, respectively, in their careers for Monjaras, Cukar and Addiego.
Cukar (Millbrae, Calif./Capuchino HS), a senior midfielder, had a 3.285 grade point average in kinesiology, and was one of only three Spartans who started all 20 matches in 2009. The co-captain led San Jose State in scoring for a second year in a row with eight goals to go along with one assist for a team-best 17 total points. Cukar earned first-team All-MPSF selection for the second consecutive season and all-league honors a third time for his standout career.
Monjaras (Watsonville, Calif./Watsonville HS), a senior defender, and like Cukar, a team captain in 2009, had a grade point average of 3.174 in justice studies. Monjaras started all 18 games he played at center back and provided his first three collegiate goals offensively, all from the penalty spot. He anchored a back line that registered seven shutouts, the most by the Spartans since 2001, while garnering All-MPSF distinction for the first time as a member of the first team.
Addiego (San Ramon, Calif./California HS), a redshirt sophomore, started all 19 games he played, primarily at right back, missing just the regular-season finale at Sacramento State due to injury. He notched his first career goal, which proved to be the game-winner, in the seventh minute of a 1-0 home triumph over league rival Air Force on October 18. Addiego, who has a 3.09 GPA in business administration, added one assist for three points.
A total of 36 student-athletes were nominated for the award by the eight MPSF institutions on the basis of criteria that included a 3.00 or better cumulative grade point average, being at least a sophomore academically, completion of one full academic year at his institution and participation in 50 percent or more of competition for the season in question.