Los Angeles Soccer: All-America Teams
Nine local players -- one man, eight women -- have been accorded All-America status at the NCAA Division II and III and NAIA levels by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Eight more are NSCAA All-Americans for the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association, and 13 have been selected for the NAIA's All-America team, which isn't affiliated with the NSCAA selections.
More than 80 players from local schools or from the L.A. area who play elsewhere -- 26 men and 56 women -- received All-Region mention from the NSCAA at these levels.
Here is the full list of local All-Americans:
Ontiveros (La Puente/Arroyo HS) conceded just 11 goals in 25 games with 11 shutouts, a 0.54 goals-against average and a 90.4 save percentage for the Mounties (22-0-3), who won the mythical national championship at the Division III (non-scholarship) level.
Defender Eric Flores (Pomona/Garey HS) joins Ontiveros on the first team, and forward Luis Fuentes (Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista HS) is a second-team D3 All-America selection. Two more Mounties -- forward Javier Castro (Pomona/International Poly HS) and midfielder Edgar Padilla (Baldwin Park/Baldwin Park HS) -- receive All-West Region honors.
Mt. SAC coach Juan Sanchez is the Division III South Region's Coach of the Year.
In all, five local men and three women are JC All-Americans, and 10 men and eight women receive all-region awards. All are listed below:
UC Irvine's Miguel Ibarra and UC Santa Barbara's Luis Silva, two of the nation's finest collegiate midfielders, were honored Friday as first-team Division I All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
UCLA's Sydney Leroux was a first-team women's selection as 11 local players received All-America acclaim and 39 collected all-region honors.
Stanford's Camille Levin, from Newport Coast (Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School), also was a first-team women's choice
Ibarra (Lancaster/Lancaster HS), a junior, led Big West champion UCI with nine goals along with eight assists. Silva (Los Angeles/Salesian HS) scored 17 goals with 10 assists for the Gauchos.
UCLA goalkeeper Brian Rowe and Connecticut midfielder Carlos Alvarez (Los Angeles/Salsian HS) were second-team selections, and UCLA forward Chandler Hoffman and Cal State Bakersfield forward Gyasi Zardes (Hawthorne/Leuzinger HS) were chosen for the third-team.
Ibarra, Silva and Rowe have been invited to Major League Soccer's predraft combine next month in Florida.
UC Irvine defender CoCo Goodson and Pepperdine defender Michelle Pao are second-team women's selections, and UCLA freshman defender Abby Dahlkemper is a third-teamer.
Below are lists of local players selected to All-America and all-region teams: