Four soccer players on Senior CLASS Award watch list

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Four Pac-12 soccer players were announced as candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award, the committee announced today. Goalkeeper Emily Oliver of STANFORD was the sole female student-athlete nominated for the Conference, while fellow Cardinal JJ Koval, UCLA’s Joe Sofia and WASHINGTON’s Spencer Richey were named to the men’s candidate list. 

The student-athletes were four of 60 total candidates. To be eligible for the award, candidates must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Winners will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships in December. 

Emily Oliver, a senior from Flossmoor, Ill., will be a fourth-year starter for the Cardinal in 2013. Oliver has had an outstanding career at Stanford where she’s solidified her name in the record books and established herself as the best keeper in the Pac-12. She was named an NSCAA All-American  after leading them to an undefeated 20-0-1 season during the Cardinal’s national championship year in 2011. The three-time all-Conference selection enters her senior year with a career goals-against average of 0.34. Oliver is majoring in human biology with a concentration in human performance and carries a 3.46 cumulative GPA. 

Joe Sofia will start at center back for the fourth year with the Bruins. In his three years with UCLA, the Bruins have seen three-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, two Pac-12 Championships and the 2011 College Cup semifinals. Sofia has recorded four goals and eight assists through his collegiate career, where he has started 62 of 63 possible matches. In addition, Sofia holds a 3.965 cumulative grade-point average and is on track to graduate with a degree in communications studies in three years and one quarter. 

Spencer Richey returns to the net for his senior campaign with the Huskies. A first-team All-Pac-12 and second-team All-Far West Region honoree, Richey led the Conference in goals-against average, shutouts and save percentage in his junior campaign. His 0.76 career goals-against average ranks second in Washington’s record books, with his 25 career shutouts ranking third. He currently holds a 3.21 grade-point average pursuing a degree in communications. 

Midfielder JJ Koval enters his senior season serving as captain with four career goals and 11 total points, starting 53 of 54 games through his three years with Stanford. Last year, Koval earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention accolades and led the team in shots with 35 total. He has maintained a 3.71 grade-point average as a human biology major and was a Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention the past two years. 

For more information about the Senior CLASS Award and the entire list of candidates, visit www.seniorclassaward.com

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