Cal Poly's Pridham nets award on eve of Big West men's soccer tourney

Senior forward earns repeat Big West Offensive Player of the Year recognition

nwilson@thetribunenews.comNovember 11, 2013 

Cal Poly senior forward Mackenzie Pridham, shown during a practice in August, was named the Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year on Monday for the second straight season.

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Cal Poly senior Mackenzie Pridham was named the Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year in men’s soccer for the second straight year Monday.

And five other Mustangs received as All-Big West honors.

Senior defender Connor Drechsler and sophomore forward Matt LaGrassa joined Pridham on the first team.

Senior midfielder George Malki was a second-team selection while Mustangs wing players Justin Dhillon and Ari Lassiter were named to the Big West All-Freshman team.

Another player with local ties, UC Davis senior midfielder Alex Aguiar, of Atascadero, received honorable mention on the All-Big West team.

Pridham is one of 34 players selected for the Hermann Trophy Watch List for the most outstanding player in Division I soccer.

Pridham is Cal Poly’s all-time leading scorer with 27 goals and ranks second all-time with 58 points and five multi-goal games.

He is second in the country this season with 14 goals, including three multi-goal games, and fourth with 31 points.

Drechsler has started all 75 games in his Cal Poly career and earned his first All-Big West selection. He hadn’t fired off a shot on goal until this season, and he scored in each of his first three attempts on target this year. He ranks second in program history in starts.

LaGrassa has six goals this season, ranking him second on the team and sixth in the Big West.

Malki has recorded two goals and three assists.

Dhillon has logged two goals and six assists, and Lassiter ranks second on the team with 14 points.

Tonight, Cal Poly begins Big West Tournament play in the first round against No. 20 Cal State Northridge at Northridge at 7 p.m.

The Mustangs (10-8-2, 3-5-2) are the third seed from the Big West’s North Division.

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