SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Ahead of the 2013 season, Top Drawer Soccer released its annual "Top 100 Men's College Soccer Player Rankings" on Tuesday, and a pair of Gauchos seniors in midfielder Fifi Baiden and forward Achille Campion were able to make the list.
Baiden was UCSB's highest ranked player at No. 38, while Campion checked in at No. 100.
A First Team All-Big West selection in 2012, Baiden has continuously displayed his credentials as one of the top defensive midfielders in collegiate soccer. Last season, the Ghana native played a part in five UCSB shutouts. He also contributed on offense with assists against Oregon State and San Diego. This year, he will be the squad's sole returning starter at midfield and will be heavily relied on by head coach Tim Vom Steeg.
Earlier this season, Baiden was named one of the top-10 midfielders in the country by Top Drawer.
Campion appeared to be on his way to one of the most successful seasons by a forward in program history last year when he scored in five of his first six appearances out of the gate. However, injuries quickly derailed the Frenchman's season, as he played in just one match past Sep. 16. Campion will be the focal point of the Gauchos offense in 2013 and has the chance to deliver on the vast potential he showed as a junior last season.
The entire Top Drawer Soccer rankings can be found here.
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