Five Huskies Named To Men's Soccer Pac-10 All-Academic Team

Dec. 13, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Five Washington men's soccer players were named to the 2002 Pac-10 All-Academic Team, conference commissioner Tom Hansen announced Dec. 4. Senior defender Kyle Fukuchi and junior midfielder Troy Ready were first-team selections, while sophomore forward Casey Armstrong, sophomore defender Joe Birklid and junior goalkeeper Daniel Waltman earned second-team acclaim.

Fukuchi (Haleiwa, Hawaii) has a 3.66 grade point average and is majoring in business. Fukuchi, who started seven of 14 games played, tallied one goal and one assist during the 2002 season, to go along with nine shots. Ready (Spokane, Wash.) has a 3.45 GPA and is majoring in speech communications. He came off the bench to tally five shots during the season.

Armstrong, from Kent, Wash., played in 17 of the Huskies' 19 games and tallied a total of 14 shots on goals. Armstrong has a 3.25 GPA and is majoring in business. Birklid (Buckley, Wash.) helped anchor the Washington defense this year, starting 16 games in the backfield. Birklid has a 3.66 grade point average and has yet to declare a major.

Waltman (Gig Harbor, Wash.) started 11 games at goalkeeper this season, making 60 saves and allowing 1.62 goals a game. Waltman tallied a career-high 10 saves at California, Oct. 13, while also making nine against then-No. 5 South Carolina on Sept. 15. He has a 3.37 grade point average and is majoring in business.

It is the first career Pac-10 All-Academic selection for all five Huskies.

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