STANFORD, Calif. –
Four Stanford student-athletes were named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Men's All-Far West Region Teams when the organization announced the first of its postseason awards on Wednesday. All-America teams will be announced later this week.
Forward Amir Bashti
, defender Tanner Beason
and goalkeeper Andrew Thomas
were first team selections and midfielder Logan Panchot
earned a spot on the third team. It's the first all-region selection for each.
Also an All-Pac-12 first team pick, Bashti finished sixth in the league in scoring and fifth in points with a career-high seven goals and six assists this season. The senior twice earned Pac-12 Player of the Week awards following a brace against Delaware on Sept. 16 and a two-goal, two-assist weekend to begin conference action in late September against San Diego State and UCLA. Bashti played in 88 matches during his career, scored 19 goals and had 13 assists.
Beason, one of 15 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists, put together a brilliant redshirt junior campaign in which he was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, the first in conference history to receive both honors. He led the Pac-12 in both goals (6) and points (15) in conference matches and had career-high totals of eight goals and five assists this season.
The redshirt freshman Thomas had a superb first season in goal for the Cardinal, which finished eighth in the nation in team goals against average (0.625). Thomas was ninth individually in that category with a conference-leading 0.626 goals against average and also was third in the country in save percentage (.854), sixth in solo shutouts (11) and 13th
in total saves (82). He made a career-high 11 stops in Stanford's third-round scoreless draw at Saint Mary's on Nov. 25 and stopped the Gaels' first penalty kick in the shootout, which the Cardinal eventually won 4-2.
Panchot, who started every game last season at right back, moved into the central midfield this season and contributed a goal and two assists in 18 appearances.
In addition to its fifth straight conference championship, Stanford went 12-4-5 overall this season and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive December.