Four Huskies Earn NSCAA/adidas Far West Region Honors
Nov. 30, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Washington men's soccer players Ty Harden, Kevin Forrest, George John and Ely Allen were named to the 2006 NSCAA/adidas All-Far West Region Teams, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced Wednesday.
Harden and Forrest were first-team selections, making them eligible for national NSCAA All-America honors. John and Allen were selected to the second-team. The Huskies' four selections to the all-region team are the most since 1998 when five UW players earned regional honors - a school record.
Harden, a senior defender from Junction City, Ore., was selected to the All-Region team for the second time in his career after garnering third-team acclaim as a sophomore in 2004. Harden finished his UW career as a four-time All-Pac-10 honoree - including back-to-back first-team selections in 2006 and 2005. He was also a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree from 2004-2006. In addition to his stellar defensive efforts in 2006, Harden scored three goals - one gamewinner and two in the last two minutes of the game that forced overtime versus UCLA and Oregon State.
Forrest, a junior forward from Edmonds, Wash., garnered his first career All-Region honor after earning 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year acclaim. He is also a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2006 and 2004. A standout in the classroom as well, Forrest was the only player in the conference this season to earned first-team honors on both the All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Academic Teams. He was one of three players to do so in 2004. Forrest led UW with 16 goals in 2006, three away from the UW school record of 19.
Allen, a junior forward from Kent, Wash., earned his first career All-Region honor after a selection to the All-Pac-10 first-team this season. Allen was also the 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Allen paired with Forrest to make up one of the most lethal forward combinations in the nation, ending the season with 20 points on seven goals and six assists.
John, a sophomore midfielder from Shoreline, Wash., earned his first career All-Region honor. He was also selected to the 2006 All-Pac-10 second-team and was recognized for his efforts in the classroom, garnering first-team Pac-10 All-Academic honors and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District acclaim. John finished the 2006 season with four goals and five assists.
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