Men's Soccer Rakes In Postseason Honors
Nov. 18, 2009
SEATTLE - Washington senior goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team and nine Huskies were named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team, the respective organizations announced on Tuesday.
Hawkins is the first Husky ever named to CoSIDA's Academic All-America First Team. He is a three-time Academic All-Region First Team selection but this marks the first time he's earned All-American status.
Meanwhile, juniors Taylor Mueller and Matt Van Houten and sophomore Brent Richards were named to the All-Pac-10 Second Team while Hawkins and teammates Casey Cunningham, Taylor Hoss, Jamie Finch, Brad Keller and Ryan Moore earned honorable mention honors.
Hawkins was the lone goalkeeper named to the 11-member Academic All-American First Team. A Computer Engineering major with a 3.92 G.P.A., Hawkins played all 1,766 minutes in goal for the Huskies. A native of Shoreline, Wash., Hawkins posted a 0.97 goals against average and six shutouts. A three-time member of the Pac-10 All-Academic first team, he is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. This also marks his second career All-Pac-10 honorable mention honor.
Mueller, from Sammamish, Wash., helped the Husky defense become one of the stingiest in the Pac-10 conference. He started 17 of 18 games for the Dawgs and earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in early November, helping the Huskies hold No. 18 Stanford to a 0-0 draw and Cal to a 1-1 draw.
Van Houten and Richards were two of the Huskies' top three scorers, with Richards leading the squad with five goals, three assists and 13 points after leading the team in goals his freshman year. The Camas, Wash., native was named honorable mention last season but moved up this year after starting in 17 of 18 games and contributing a pair of game-winning goals.
A Portland, Ore., native, Van Houten scored a career-high four goals this season and added an assist to rank third on the team with nine points. He started 17 of 18 matches and chipped in a game-winning goal in UW's 2-0 win at Cal to earn his first career All-Pac-10 nod.
Cunningham, a senior from Scottsdale, Ariz., was one of five Huskies this year to start all 18 games. He tallied a career-high two goals and added one assist for a career-best five points to earn honorable mention honors for the second-straight season from the midfield position.
Hoss, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., earned honorable mention honors for the second straight season. The team captain anchored a Husky defense that ranked second in the conference in shutouts (6) and fewest conference goals allowed (10).
A sophomore from Bothell, Wash., Finch earned his first All-Pac-10 honor after starting all 18 games and recording his first career goal to go along with two assists. The defender helped UW compile a 0.97 goals-against average and was a big contributor with his booming corner kicks and free kicks.
Keller, a junior midfielder from Scottsdale, Ariz., had a breakout season with a career-high six points to rank fourth on the squad. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his performance at Cal and Stanford. That weekend, he led UW to an upset over then-No. 5 Cal on his first career goal and the game-winning assist.
Moore, meanwhile, was one of just five true freshmen named to the All-Pac-10 teams. He ranked second on the team with 10 points, tying for second on the squad in both goals (4) and assists (2). The forward started the season with a bang, scoring the game-winning goal in UW's season-opening 1-0 win over Seattle. He later added another game-winning goal in UW's 3-1 win over Cal Poly, which was also his first career two-goal game. Moore also added a goal in UW's 1-1 draw with No. 18 Stanford in October.