Huskies Hand Out Team Awards
Dec. 18, 2007
SEATTLE - The Washington men's soccer program handed out team awards at season's end with Offensive MVP honors going to senior forward Ely Allen and Defensive MVP honors going to junior midfielder George John. Also honored were senior defender Nick Loveless (Most Inspirational Player), sophomore defender Casey Cunningham (Most Improved) and redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Stephen Fung (Rookie of the Year).
Allen, a native of Kent, Wash., led the Huskies with 12 goals and 26 points; scoring nine of those goals after fellow forward Kevin Forrest was lost for the season due to an injury. For his efforts, Allen was named the 2007 Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year, a first-team All-Pac-10 selection, a College Soccer News second-team All-American and a NSCAA All-Far West Region third-team honoree.
John, a native of Shoreline, Wash., played the majority of the season as midfielder but moved back to play as a central defender towards the last part of the year. The end result saw the Huskies make a late surge to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament and advance as far as the second round until falling to the defending NCAA champion UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. John finished the season with two goals and one assist, was named an All-Pac-10 first-team selection and a NSCAA All-Far West second-team honoree.
Loveless, a native of Kenmore, Wash., garnered the Most Inspirational Player award for the Huskies as voted upon by his teammates. Cunningham, from Scottsdale, Ariz., was tabbed Most Improved Player after working his way into the starting lineup this year playing in both the back line and midfield. Fung, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, was the Rookie of the Year after taking over the starting goalkeeper position for an injured Rylan Hawkins. Fung made 55 saves and recorded six shutouts in his first year playing collegiate soccer.