Men's Soccer Trio Named Scholar All-West Region

Kansas City, Kan. - San Jose State University men’s soccer players Hiroki Akiyama, Nick Cukar and Sam Shore were recently selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Scholar All-West Region team.

The three student-athletes were selected to the 12-player University division squad, and were joined by a trio from Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent University of New Mexico. Akiyama, Cukar and Shore were all previously Academic All-MPSF honorees.

Akiyama, a senior midfielder and native of Muroran, Japan, posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.673 in kinesiology. In 2008, he started 16 of the 17 matches in which he played, scoring three goals and adding a single-season career high of six assists for 12 total points, while earning a spot on the All-MPSF second team for the third consecutive season.

Cukar (Millbrae, Calif./Capuchino HS), a junior outside midfielder, had a 3.329 grade point average in kinesiology, and was the only Spartan who started all 18 games in 2008. He scored a conference-leading nine goals, including seven game-winners, for 18 total points, earning first-team All-MPSF selection.

Shore, a senior central defender out of Sydney, Australia, had a 3.700 grade point average in business administration, starting all 15 matches he saw action in. He helped in registering six team shutouts, while collecting a single-season career-high two assists and All-MPSF honorable mention for the first time.

Shore and Akiyama were recently recognized at San Jose State’s annual Scholar-Athlete Celebration on December 2, 2008, for posting the third and fourth-highest cumulative grade point averages, respectively, among all Spartan male student-athletes through the 2008 spring semester.

Akiyama previously earned academic all-region distinction from the NSCAA following the 2006 season.