Kibunguchy adds freshman honors from Top Drawer Soccer

Redshirt freshman Nabi Kibungucky (#18) was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Freshman Best XI team. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock/Davis Enterprise)
Dec. 19, 2017

2017 Top Drawer Soccer Postseason Awards

DAVIS, Calif. --
UC Davis redshirt freshman Nabi Kibunguchy added yet another honor to his mantel thanks to his play during the 2017 season, named to the Top Drawer Soccer Freshman Best XI second team, the organization announced.

The managerial economics major from Elk Grove, Calif., was one of 22 players honored -- and one of two from the Big West Conference along with UC Santa Barbara's Rodney Michael.

Despite missing the first six matches of the season, Kibunguchy bounced back to earn All-Far West Region third team honors from United Soccer Coaches and All-Big West first team laurels, appearing in 14 matches, including starting all 10 conference contests.

He posted an assist in a 1-1 draw with Saint Mary's on Sept. 21 in his third match back, and added his first two career goals in wins at Causeway rival Sacramento State on Oct. 14 and against CSUN in the Big West Tournament semifinals.

Kibunguchy was one of 16 different goal scorers for an Aggie squad that posted one of the finest offensive seasons in the school's Division I history. UC Davis' 40 goals and 27 assists in 2017 ranks second and tied for second, respectively, on the program's Division I single-season charts, while the 107 points also stood second behind only the 2007 squad which finished with 44 goals, 28 assists, and 116 total points.

The Aggies finished 11-7-3 overall and 7-2-1 in conference play during the 2017 campaign, winning the league's north division and reaching the championship match of the conference tournament for the second time in the program's Division I history.

UC Davis finished the season unbeaten in its last five matches (4-0-1) and posted the most wins overall -- and the third most in the program's Division I history -- since the 2008 squad finished 13-5-4 en route to a berth in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.