Ritchie Named Pac-10 Soccer Player of the Week

Sept. 4, 2001

Seattle - Washington senior defender Bryn Ritchie has been named the Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week for Aug. 31-Sept. 3, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Ritchie, from Medford, Ore., led then-No. 11 Washington (2-0-0) to the UConn Soccer Classic title over the weekend, as the Huskies posted a 1-0 victory over defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Connecticut in the championship contest. Ritchie's defensive presence helped UW blank the top-ranked team in the nation on Sept. 1, limiting UConn to just 11 shots.

In the opening round of the tournament on Aug. 31, Washington defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 3-2 in overtime. Ritchie registered one shot in the win, and contributed to another stellar defensive effort, as the Huskies allowed just nine shots. Ritchie, along with three other Huskies, was named to the UConn Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team.

This is the second weekly honor for Ritchie and Washington's third Player of the Week honor all-time.

Washington, the defending Pac-10 Champion, made a significant jump in the rankings this week, moving from No. 11 in the preseason up to No. 2 in the Sept. 3 Soccer America Top 25 Poll. The Huskies are No. 4 in the media poll and No. 14 in the preseason SoccerTimes.com Coaches Poll.

Washington remains on the road this week when it travels south to defend its title at the adidas Portland Invitational, Sept. 8-9. The Huskies meet Indiana, the 2000 NCAA final four team that knocked UW out in the second round of postseason last year, at 12 noon Saturday. They face William and Mary at noon Sunday. Both games will be played at University of Portland's Merlo Field.

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