Virginia Men's Soccer Players Kyle Martino and Alecko Eskandarian Named NSCAA/adidas All-Americans
Jan. 24, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s soccer team had two players named to the 2001 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas All-America teams. UVa’s Kyle Martino (Westport, Conn./Staples) and Alecko Eskandarian (Montvale, N.J./Bergen Catholic) joined 33 players from around the country after being selected to the All-American teams. Martino was a NSCAA/adidas First Team selection, while Eskandarian was tabbed a NSCAA/adidas Second Team choice.
Martino, a third-year midfielder, started all 18 games he appeared in and tallied 1,447 minutes of playing time. He recorded 20 points resulting from eight assists and six goals. Three of Martino’s goals were game-winners. His eight assists was a team-high figure and his 20 points, six goals and three game-winning goals scored were the third highest totals on the squad. Martino was named the 2001 ACC Player of the Year, was named a First Team All-ACC selection, was selected to the 2001 ACC All-Tournament team and was a NSCAA/adidas All-South Atlantic Region First Team choice. He was twice named to Soccer America’s Team of the Week and as the ACC Player of the Week on September 10 & October 15. Martino was named the Offensive MVP and to the Maryland/Fila Classic All-Tournament team. He was also one of 15 finalists for both the Hermann Trophy Award and the M.A.C. Men’s Soccer Player of the Year award.
Eskandarian, a second-year forward, started 14 of the 16 games he appeared in and gathered 1,321 minutes of playing time. He recorded 21 points (second on the team) resulting from a team-high nine goals to go along with three assists. Five of Eskandarian’s goals were game-winners. He was named First Team All-ACC, was selected as a NSCAA/adidas All-South Atlantic Region First Team choice and was named to both the Virginia Soccer Classic and the Maryland/Fila Classic All-Tournament teams. Eskandarian was one of 15 finalists for both the Hermann Trophy Award and the M.A.C. Men’s Soccer Player of the Year award.
The duo guided Virginia to a record of 17-2-1 overall, 6-0-0 in the ACC. Eskandarian and Martino helped the Cavaliers become the first team in ACC history to win all of their conference games by shutout en route to UVa’s ACC regular season championship.
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