KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Columbia's Arthur Bosua was among the 37 individuals named to the United Soccer Coaches Division I Men's Soccer All-American teams.
The 6-4 forward from Johannesburg, South Africa was tabbed a second team All-American. Bosua becomes the 22nd All-American in the Columbia record books, and the first since Tommy McMenemy earned the award in 2003.
"For me, it's something that I'm honored to receive, but at the same time it wouldn't happen without the support of the 10 other guys on the field, 30 other guys on the team, the entire coaching staff, administration, and countless other people who have helped our program," said Bosua. "If I'm not set up to do what I can do without the help of all those people, I have no chance to be successful. As much as it means to me individually, it's a huge award for eveyone else involved and our coaching staff, and I owe a huge thank you to everyone out there who helps me play my best."
The Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, Bosua led the conference in goals with 12 and points with 29, moving up to seventh in the school record book in both categories. The senior scored a career-high four goals during a 6-0 rout of Harvard on Nov. 5, earning Ivy League Player of the Week accolades in the process. On the season, Bosua had four games with three or more points, and is currently ranked 15th in the country with 1.61 points per game. This is also the second straight year Bosua was named a first team all-region honoree.
“It’s really nice to see Arthur rewarded for his body of work this season,” said head coach Kevin Anderson. “I’m extremely proud of him as I am of our entire group. When you have a process that begins with working at your development every day, then outcomes like this can follow. This holds true for the entire team and coaching staff and is why steps forward are being taken."
Bosua and the Lions excelled on the pitch this fall, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 after going 12-2-2 in the regular season, before earning a first round NCAA win in double overtime at William & Mary, 2-1. Columbia went down to the wire at No. 1 Wake Forest in the second round, falling narrowly on a goal in the 89th minute by the home team.
"This achievement would not have been possible without my family, the sacrifices they have made and the support they have given me for the past 21 years," Bosua continued.
This year’s NCAA Division I Men’s All-Americans will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments at the All-America Luncheon on January 20, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention.