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Four Receive NCCAA Recognition

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Michael Sahagian (right) and Steven Shiokari (left) received NCCAA recogntion.

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Published
November 20, 2012
By
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif.-- After a 12-6-1 season that ended in the West Regionals of the National Christian College Athletics Association tournament the Azusa Pacific men’s soccer team had a pair of players honored as All-Americans. The Cougars, who went 10-4 in their first season in the Pacific West Conference, also had two players named as NCCAA Scholar-Athletes.

Michael Sahagina led the charge, receiving second-team All-America recognition, while Oktay Bulut was listed as a third-teamer.

MICHAEL SAHAGIAN

The senior midfielder had a career-year for the Cougars, registering career-highs in goals and assists. He tallied three goals on 27 shots, and matched the team-high with seven assists, starting in every match for Azusa Pacific. The Lake Forest native had a season-high two assists in the Cougars’ 5-2 victory over Hope International, and logged goals against PacWest champion Grand Canyon (Ariz.), Biola, and Holy Names. He finished his career with seven goals and 10 assists.

OKTAY BULUT

Bulut tallied team-highs in goals (11) and assists (7) en route to earning All-American honors. He finished in sixth overall in the PacWest in scoring at 29 points, and his four game-winning goals ranked second in the conference. He registered five points in a match three times, and registered the game-winning goal against CBU on Sept. 21. He logged 20 points in a seven-match scoring stretch from Sept. 13 to Oct. 11.

SCHOLAR ATHLETES

Senior keeper Joe Geletko and Steven Shiokari received NCCAA Scholar-Athlete recognition for their work in the classroom.

For complete list of NCCAA All-Americans Click Here