SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara freshman forward Rodney Michael was named to TopDrawerSoccer.Com's All-Freshman First Team, it was announced on Monday afternoon as the organization unveiled its 2017 Division I Postseason Awards.
Michael, the reigning California Gatorade High School Player of the Year out of Dunn School, lived up to the hype in his debut campaign, leading the Gauchos in every offensive category. The Freetown, Sierra Leone native finished the season with eight goals, good for twice as many as the second highest goal scorer, and nearly half of the team's 18 total goals for the year.
Michael also racked up a team-high four assists in addition to team-highs of 44 total shots and 20 shots on goal. He was one of just two Gauchos, along with freshman goalkeeper Alan Carrillo, to play and start in all 19 games in 2017.
The accolades continue to pour in for Michael, who was named the Big West Freshman of the Year to go along with First Team All-Big West, All-Freshman Team honors and United Soccer Coaches (USC) All-Far West Region Second Team recognition.
Michael also reeled in Big West Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 25 – Oct. 1) recognition during the season after totaling a pair of goals and assists in wins over Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside.
UC Davis defender Nabi Kibunguchy was the only other player from the Big West to join Michael on the All-Freshman Team after a Second Team selection.
Defender Thomas Hilliard-Arce of the National Champion Stanford Cardinal was named Player of the Year while Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn was named Coach of the Year. Akron midfielder Joao Moutinho was named Freshman of the Year.