Klaas Named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
Nov. 20, 2001
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Washington midfielder C.J. Klaas was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and senior co-captains Bryn Ritchie and Ben Somoza were named to the all-conference first team for the second year in a row, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced. Stanford forward Roger Levesque was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and first-year Stanford head coach Bret Simon was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
Klaas, a midfielder from Cherry Valley, Ill., helped lead Washington to a 13-5-0 regular season record (4-4-0 Pac-10) and a seventh straight NCAA Tournament berth. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week Oct. 9, is second on the team and sixth in the Pac-10 in shots (38). He ranks fourth in the Conference in shots per game (2.71 avg.), and is second on the Husky squad in assists. Klaas also earned recognition on the All-Pac-10 Second Team.
Ritchie and Somoza, part of a seven-player senior class, were named to the prestigious All-Pac-10 First Team for the second year in a row. Ritchie, a second team all-America last year and one of the top defenders in the country, has started all but one game this season and led a stingy Husky defense to four shutouts.
Somoza, one of three Huskies to have scored five goals this season, is climbing Washington's career assist chart. He recently moved into a three-way tie at No. 6, with 23 career assists. He has started all 18 games for the Huskies this season and leads the team in points, with 17, on five goals and seven assists.
Washington was selected to host first- and second-round games of the 2001 NCAA Men's College Cup this weekend. The Huskies, who received a bye to the second round, will host Portland and Gonzaga at 2 p.m. on Friday at Husky Soccer Field, and will meet the winner Sunday at 1 p.m.
Washington capped a 13-5-0 season with a 4-2 win over California on Sunday to clinch third place in the Pac-10 conference. This year marks the Huskies' seventh-consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships, including a string of six-straight years as a first-round host.
2001 PAC-10 ALL-CONFERENCE MEN'S SOCCER TEAMS
Name Pos. Yr. SchoolTodd Dunivant* D Jr. STANRyan Futagaki MF Jr. UCLAAdolfo Gregorio MF So. UCLARoger Levesque F Jr STANLee Morrison* D Sr. STANTim Pierce F Jr. UCLABryn Ritchie* D Sr. WASHChris Roner* MF Sr. CALJosh Saunders GK Jr. CALDerek Shanahan MF Sr. STANBen Somoza* MF Sr. WASH
SECOND TEAMNelson Akwari D So. UCLAAbe Geiger MF So. STANZach Kingsley MF Sr. WASHC.J. Klaas MF Fr. WASHJohanes Maliza MF Jr. STANAaron McHardy F Jr. OSUMichael Munoz MF Fr. CALAustin Ripmaster F Sr. CALBilly Sleeth* D Sr. WASHAlex Yi* D So. UCLAZach Wells GK So. UCLA
*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree
HONORABLE MENTION (received votes)Aaron Biddle (STAN, Sr., D), Peter Billmeyer (OSU, So., GK), PatrickFisher (CAL, Jr., MF), Greg Foise (WASH, Sr., F), Taylor Graham (STAN,Jr., D), Dru Hoshimiya (UCLA, So., MF), Brandon Kay (UCLA, Sr., MF), LeoKrupnik (CAL, Sr., D), Cliff McKinley (UCLA, Sr., F), Kurt Ness (OSU,So., D), Chad Olsen (WASH, Jr., GK), Troy Roberts (CAL, Fr., D), JakeSagare (WASH, Sr., MF), Matt Taylor (UCLA, So., F), Andrew Terris (STAN,Jr., GK), Scot Thompson (UCLA, Jr., D), Brett Wiesner (WASH, Fr., F).