SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – On the heels of earning NSCAA All-America First Team honors, UC Santa Barbara senior Luis Silva has been named to the 2011 College Soccer News All-America First Team.
Silva – who is the Gauchos' first NSCAA All-America First Team selection – is the 13th UCSB player to earn College Soccer News honors and the fourth to be named to the First Team, following in the footsteps of Gaucho greats Drew McAthy (2004), Tony Lochhead (2004) and Andy Iro (2007).
Silva had one of the best seasons by a Gaucho in program history. He finished the season ranked third in the nation in total points, (44), fifth in points per game (2.00), sixth in goals (17), eighth in assists (10), ninth in goals per game (0.77), and 15th in assists per game (0.45). He was named the Big West Midfielder of the Year and garnered his fourth consecutive All-Big West honor, after being named to the first team for the third straight season. Silva was also named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the highest honor in college soccer.
The Los Angeles, Calif. native made his dent in the UCSB record book this season and ranks in the top-10 in nearly every category. He is tied for first in points in a season (44) and career matches played (88), third in career minutes (7,146), fourth in career points (79), tied for fourth in goals in a season (17), fifth in career shots (198), sixth in career assists (23), and tied sixth in career goals (28) and shots in a season (79).