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SMU's Costa Named College Soccer News Preseason All-America

PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:04 pm
by PonyPride

Costa Named College Soccer News Preseason All-American

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CSN/SMU) – Mustang junior Gabriel Costa was named to the College Soccer News preseason All-America first-team following a standout 2019 campaign.

In his first season on the Hilltop, Costa picked up All-America honors from United Soccer Coaches, Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News, he was also tabbed a first-team all-east region selection by United Soccer Coaches.

He was named the American Athletic Conference Co-Midfielder of the Year and selected to the AAC first-team and all-tournament team. Costa was twice named the league's offensive player of the week in 2019.

Costa played in 18 games, making 17 starts, and scored nine goals. His 11 total assists ranked second on the team and fourth in the country, while his 0.61 assists per game ranked third in the NCAA.

Following the season, Costa was invited to the MLS College Soccer Showcase.

College Soccer News has the Mustangs ranked No. 5 in its preseason poll after finishing the 2019 season in the top 10 of all major polls, including a No. 3 ranking in the NCAA RPI and a No. 7 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. The Mustangs won their third consecutive AAC Tournament Title and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. SMU's 18-2-1 season produced the fourth most wins in school history and the 63 goals scored were the most since a school-record 81 in 2000. The Mustangs allowed just 17 goals in 2019, giving the team the national lead in goal differential at +46.

Re: SMU's Costa Named College Soccer News Preseason All-Amer

PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:35 pm
by WildHorse
Why are they putting out preseason awards now when the season doesn't start until the spring, if at all?

That said, congrats to Costa. Well deserved.