Pac-10 Names Men's Soccer All-Conference Teams

Nov. 9, 2006

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- WASHINGTON redshirt junior forward Kevin Forrest was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, SAN DIEGO STATE defender Nick Cardenas was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and CALIFORNIA head coach Kevin Grimes was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Forrest, a redshirt junior from Edmonds, Wash., was a first team All-Pac-10 selection in 2004. He finishes the regular season leading the Conference in several categories: shots (97), shots per game (5.71), points (27), points per game (1.59), goas (13), goals per game (0.76), and game-winning goals (8). Forrest also ranks nationally in points per game (21st) and goals per game (11th). Named to the Soccer America Team of the Week for Sept. 7 and Oct. 11. He helped guide the Huskies to a league record 4-5-1, 12-6-1 overall, giving Washington an at-large bid into the postseason for the first time since 2004.

Cardenas. a freshman defender from Thornton, Colo., helped lead San Diego State to a second place Conference finish with a league record of 5-2-3, 9-5-4 overall, earning an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. Cardenas played a key role in catapulting the Aztecs up the Conference charts during a weekend sweep of the Bay Area schools when they beat No. 6 California, 3-1, and shut out Stanford, 1-0. For the weekend, Cardenas tallied two goals on four shots in two games. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 31 for his effort in the sweep and was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week, College Soccer News Team of the Week, and an NSCAA Player of the Week for Oct. 31. Leading the Aztecs in shot percentage (.250), Cardenas tallied six goals and 12 points during his freshman campaign. He finishes the regular season ranked among Conference leaders in several categories: goals per game (5th, 0.35), goals (t5th, 6), game-winning goals(t5th, 2), points per game (10th, 0.71), and points (t10th, 12). He was recently named to Top Drawer Soccer's All-Rookie Team. Before joining the Aztecs, Cardenas was the second-leading scorer in the state of Colorado as a senior with 27 goals. In addition he was an all-conference selection for the three years, an all-state performer for two years and was named to the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post all-Colorado teams.

In his seventh year at California, Grimes has made history as he not only led the Golden Bears to their first ever Pac-10 title, but became the first men's soccer coach to win Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons. Grimes guided the Bears to a 7-3-0 Conference record, 12-5-1 overall, while earning a No. 13 seed into the NCAA Tournament. Cal's bid extends their program record to six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. The Bears finished the regular season leading the Conference in goals-against average (0.82) and shutout percentage (0.44). In addition, they ranked 27th nationally in scoring offense averaging 1.83 points per game and 29th in won-lost-tied percentage (0.694). Grimes owns an overall record of 79-49-12 at Cal, and is only one of four Cal coaches to reach 50 wins in Berkeley.


Name, Pos., Yr., School
Ely Allen, F, Sr., WASH
Javier Ayala-Hil, F, Jr., CAL
Eric Ebert, MF, Sr., CAL
Robbie Findley**, F, Sr., OSU
Kevin Forrest*, F, RsJr., WASH
Tally Hall*, GK, Sr., SDSU
Ty Harden*, D, Sr., WASH
Andrew Jacobson*, MF, RsJr., CAL
Steve Purdy, D, Sr., CAL
Mike Zaher, D, Jr., UCLA
Sal Zizzo, D, So., UCLA

Name, Pos., Yr., School
Raul Bautista, MF, RsSr., SDSU
Scott Bolkan, D, Jr., STAN
Nick Cardenas, D, Fr., SDSU
David Estrada, F, Fr., UCLA
Matt Fischer, D, Sr., WASH
George John, MF, So., WASH
Jason Leopoldo, MF/F, So., UCLA
Kiel McClung, D, Sr., UCLA
Evan Morgan, MF, Jr., STAN
Michael Strickland, MF, Fr., STAN
Galen Thompson, MF/D, Sr., STAN

*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree
**three-time All-Pac-10 honoree

HONORABLE MENTION (received votes):Kraig Chiles (RsJr., MF, SDSU); Alex Christensen (Jr., D, OSU); Andrew DiCicco (Sr., F, SDSU); Brett Gardner (Jr., D/MF, OSU); Nick Hatzke (RsSr., MF, CAL); Rylan Hawkins (RsFr., GK, WASH); Kyle Hency (RsJr., D/MF, STAN); Hector Jimenez (Fr., MF, CAL); Bryan Jordan (Sr., F, OSU); Jo Jo Katz (So., MF, WASH); Imaan Kerchgani (Fr., MF, CAL); Daniel Leach (So., D, OSU); John Moore (Fr., GK, STAN); Justin Myers (RsJr., GK, CAL); Kyle Nakazawa (Fr., MF, UCLA); T.J. Novak (So., MF/F, STAN); Danny Ortiz (So., D, SDSU); Eric Reed (Sr., GK, UCLA); Brad Rusin (So., D, UCLA); Dennis Sanchez (So., D, SDSU); Luke Sassano (Fr., MF/F, CAL); Dan Shapiro (Jr., F, STAN); Bret Shimizu (Sr., MF, STAN); Jacob Wilson (RsSo., MF, CAL).

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