Callum Irving Named NSCAA All-American
By Jacob Most
Dec. 12, 2014 -
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s soccer goalie Callum Irving became the fourth Wildcat in program history to be named an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Friday.
The junior was named to the third team, and is the first goalkeeper in UK history to earn All-America status.
Irving, a native of Vancouver, B.C., is the first Wildcat to be named an All-American since Barry Rice in 2009.
Kentucky has never had more than three players selected NSCAA All-Region prior to this season.
Irving captained UK to a bounce-back 2014 season, winning 10 games – including three against ranked opponents – and finishing second on the Conference USA regular-season table.
He was named NSCAA Player of the Week on Sept. 23 and was C-USA Defensive Player of the Week on two occasions, illustrating his consistently stellar play throughout 2014.
Irving finished the year with a 0.77 goals-against average, the fourth-best total in UK single-season history.
He tied for second in UK single-season history with 10 shutouts, and ranked ninth in UK single-season annals with 65 saves.
Irving’s 0.98 career goals-against average ranks third in UK history, behind Greg Raber (2001-02; 0.85) and Andy Gruenebaum (2002-05, 0.97).
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC product ranks fifth in UK career history with 17 shutouts, five away from the record.
He has 118 saves in his three-year career, the seventh most in UK history.
The Wildcats received a trio of NSCAA first-team all-region awards, led by Irving in addition to central midfielder Napo Matsoso and central defender Jordan Wilson.
Striker Justin Laird made second-team all-region.
Players had to be named to the NSCAA First-Team All-Region teams to be eligible for All-America consideration.