Husky Soccer Players Earn Academic, Athletic Recognition

Nov. 28, 2001

SEATTLE � For the second year in a row, senior co-captains BrynRitchie and Ben Somoza and junior goalkeeper Chad Olsen have been named tothe Pacific-10 Conference Men's Soccer All-Academic teams, as announcedtoday by Commissioner Tom Hansen. To be eligible for selection to theacademic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-pointaverage and be either a starter or significant contributor.

In addition, Ritchie was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association(NSCAA) All-Far West First Team and Somoza was named to the second team, forathletic accomplishments.

The trio helped lead Washington to a final record of 13-6-0 overall, and aseventh consecutive invitation to the NCAA tournament. The Huskies finishedthird in the Pac-10 Conference standings this season and earned afirst-round bye and a chance to host postseason play. The Huskies metnorthwest rival Portland in the second round, where the Pilots won, 1-0, atHusky Soccer Field.

Ritchie, a four year starting defender, was a second-team all-Americaselection by the NSCAA last year. His selection to the Far West first teamputs him on the national ballot again this year for all-America selectionsthat will be made in the next month. He carries a 3.64 grade point averageas a business and international studies major.

Somoza, a three-year starting midfielder, was named to the All-Pac-10 FirstTeam in addition to his academic selection. He has a 3.20 gpa incommunications. Olsen, the Huskies� starting goalkeeper the last twoseasons, has a 3.70 in business administration. He earned all-Pac-10honorable mention recognition earlier this month, for his accomplishments onthe field.

Following are the Pac-10 academic and All Far-West Teams.

All-Pac-10 Academic Team, men�s soccer


First Team
Nelson Akwari, UCLA So. 3.23 Pre-Business-Economics
Todd Dunivant, STAN* Jr. 3.54 Economics
Taylor Graham, STAN* Jr. 3.78 International Relations
Dru Hoshimiya, UCLA So. 3.37 English
Leo Krupnik, CAL Sr. 3.16 Social Welfare
Johanes Maliza, STAN* Jr. 3.43 History
Aaron McHardy, OSU Jr. 3.71 Business
Matt Moses, STAN* Sr. 3.28 Human Biology
Chad Olsen, WASH* Jr. 3.70 Business Administration
Bryn Ritchie, WASH* Sr. 3.64 Business and International Studies
Ben Somoza, WASH* Sr. 3.20 Communications
Andrew Terris, STAN Jr. 3.68 Psychology
Second Team
Peter Billmeyer, OSU So. 3.13 Business
John Carson, UCLA So. 3.26 Undeclared
Patrick Fischer, CAL Jr. 3.05 Mass Communications
Abe Geiger, STAN So. 3.30 Undeclared
Nick Jensen, OSU Sr. 3.11 Business
Devin Kato, CAL So. 3.40 Undeclared
Roger Levesque, STAN* Jr. 3.04 Economics
Chris Roner, CAL Sr. 3.04 American Studies
Jake Sagare, WASH* Sr. 3.17 Communications
Derek Shanahan, STAN* Sr. 3.10 Undeclared
Michael Wilson, STAN So. 3.25 Undeclared
Zach Wells, UCLA So. 3.15 American Literature & Culture

* - two-time all-academic selection

NCAA Division I 2001 All Far-West Teams


1st Team
GK Justin Neerhoff SR San Diego
B Lee Morrison SR Stanford
B Bryn Ritchie SR Washington
B Alex Yi SO UCLA
M Ryan Coiner JR San Diego
M Kelly Gray JR Portland
M Nate Jaqua SO Portland
F Roger Levesque JR Stanford
F Jason Melendez SR UNLV
F Jon Spencer SR UC-Irvine
F Arturo Torres JR Loyola Marymount
2nd Team
GK Curtis Spiteri JR Portland
B Nelson Akwari SO UCLA
B Todd Dunivant JR Stanford
B Jeff Stewart SR Santa Clara
M Lars Lysand SR San Jose State
M Derek Shanahan SR Stanford
M Ben Somoza SR Washington
F Sean Luigs SR Sacramento State
F Aaron McHardy JR Oregon State
F Mike Munoz FR California
F Enrique Tovar SR San Diego State
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