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Accordino Becomes First Academic 1st Team All-America®, Joins Iregui as Academic All-Americans

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Posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas – The Westminster College men's soccer team tied a program-record with two student-athletes earning College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® as senior defender Sam Accordino (Canfield, OH/Canfield) and graduate student forward Nick Iregui (Gig Harbor, WA/Charles Wright Academy) both earned the distinguished honor for their performances on the field and in the classroom for the second-straight year. Accordino earned First Team honors, the first-ever in program history.

Accordino and Iregui become the first Titans to earn this prestigious honor multiple times, as both earned Second Team honors last year.

Accordino, a Neuroscience major and a two-time All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) First Team selection, has commanded and anchored the Westminster back line throughout his career. A four-year starter, Accordino is also a four-time PAC Academic Honor roll recipient. He is an United Soccer Coaches (USC) Scholar All-Region Team honoree and a six-time Dean’s List recipient. Accordino is also involved with the Pre-Health Society, the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, and the Neuroscience Club.

Iregui becomes the program’s first four-time Scholar All-American (two CoSIDA and two USC). Iregui, who recently earned his school-record third USC NCAA Division III All-Region honors, led the PAC in points with 37 this season. He was also second in both goals (14) and assists (9) – both team-highs. He additionally tied for first in game-winning goals with a team-best five. Iregui finished his historic career as the program leader in all three major career records: points (150), goals (61), and assists (28). Iregui is also a two-time USC Scholar All-American (the program’s only). A five-time All-PAC First Teamer, Iregui was the 2018 PAC Player of the Year. A multi-year PAC Academic Honor Roll recipient, Iregui is also a member of the Westminster Entrepreneurship Center and was the soccer representative for Westminster’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Iregui is obtaining his Master of Business Administration.

Iregui and Accordino joined defender Chris Ellwanger (2008, Second Team) as the only CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in program history.

Westminster was only one of six schools to have multiple honorees on this year’s team.

The 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III men’s soccer teams are voted and selected by the CoSIDA membership.

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Written by Nathan LaRiccia, Sports Information Director