Pac-10 Men's Soccer Honors
Nov. 14, 2000
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. --Stanford senior midfielder Ryan Nelsen was named
Pac-10 Player of the Year, UCLA midfielder/defender Alex Yi was named Pac-10
Freshman of the Year and Stanford head coach Bobby Clark was named Pac-10
Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- RYAN NELSEN, SR, MF, STANFORD
Nelsen, a senior from Christchurch, New Zealand, has helped guide
Stanford to a 16-2-1 overall record (6-2 Pac-10) and leads the Cardinal
in its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend. Captain
of the 2000 New Zealand Olympic Team, Nelsen ranks sixth on the Stanford
squad in points (12) and is tied for sixth in goals (4). He was named to
four all-tournament teams this season, garnering Defensive MVP honors at
the Dartmouth Classic. His efforts have helped the Cardinal maintain the
nation's stingiest defense (0.40 GAA), while leading the NCAA with a .737
shutout percentage. Nelsen, a Stanford tri-captain, has started all 19
games this season.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- ALEX YI, MF/D, UCLA
Yi, a midfielder/defender from Easton, Md., has helped lead UCLA to a
12-6 overall record (3-5 Pac-10) and its 18th straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Yi is one of three Bruins to start all 18 games this season, and has played a
major role for a UCLA defense that posts a 1.02 goals-against average (2nd in the
Pac-10) and has recorded six shutouts. A current member of the U.S. Under-20
National Team, he was named one of five Players to Watch by the Missouri Athletic
Club earlier this season. Yi has compiled 39 career caps with the Under-17
National Team, scoring two goals, and has three caps with the Under-20 Team.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR -- BOBBY CLARK, STANFORD
In his fifth season on The Farm, Clark has guided Stanford to its fourth
straight NCAA Tournament appearance and a school record-tying 16 regular-season
victories. The Cardinal has compiled a 16-2-1 overall record (6-2 Pac-10) this
season, and enters the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed. Clark has posted a
69-20-12 overall record (.743) on The Farm, while his career mark stands at
151-62-25 over 13-plus seasons. Clark achieved his 150th career victory with a
1-0 overtime victory over Indiana on Nov.4, 2000. In 2000, Stanford leads the
Pac-10 in virtually every statistical category: points (171), goals (57),
assists (57), goals allowed (8) and goals against average (0.40 gpg).
2000 PAC-10 ALL-CONFERENCE MEN'S SOCCER TEAMS
FIRST TEAMName Pos. Yr. SchoolTodd Dunivant - D, So., STANScott Leber - MF, Sr., STANRyan Lee - D, Sr., UCLALee Morrison - D, Jr., STANRyan Nelsen - MF, Sr., STANBryn Ritchie - D, Jr., WASHChris Roner - MF, Jr., CALMcKinley Tennyson Jr - F, Sr., UCLAShaun Tsakiris - MF, Sr., UCLAKendall Simmonds - F, Sr., CALBen Somoza - MF, Jr., WASHAdam Zapala - GK, Sr., STAN*the first team features four defenders, as voting for the third
resulted in a two-way tie
SECOND TEAMName Pos. Yr. SchoolRamiro Arredondo - MF, Sr., CALAaron Biddle - D, Jr., STANMike Casale - MF, Sr., WASHDJ Countess - GK, Fr., UCLAJosh Elbaum - MF, Fr., OSUMike Hickman - D, Fr., CALMark Hogenhout - MF, Sr., WASHMatt Olsen - MF, Sr., OSUBilly Sleeth - D, Jr., WASHCorey Woolfolk - F, Sr., STANAlex Yi - MF, Fr., UCLA
HONORABLE MENTIONNelson Akwari (UCLA, Fr., D), Peter Billmeyer (OSU, Fr., GK), Kai Carroll (WASH, Sr., F), AdolfoGregario (UCLA, Fr., MF), Stephen Hensor (OSU, Fr., MF), Zach Kingsley (WASH, Jr., MF), JustinKirk (OSU, So., MF), Leo Krupnik (CAL, Jr., D), Roger Levesque (STAN, So., F), Johanes Maliza(STAN, So., F), Chad Olsen (WASH, So., GK), Luke Rust (STAN, Sr., F), Jake Sagare (WASH, Jr., F), Jesse Servin (OSU, Fr., F), Derek Shanahan (STAN, Jr., MF), Sean Sylvis (STAN, Sr., MF), Ryan Smith (OSU, So., MF), Scot Thompson (UCLA, So., D), Christian van Blommestein (OSU, Fr., D), Caleb Westbay (UCLA, Sr., MF).