KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Washington defender Taylor Peay was named First Team All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Peay becomes the first Husky to earn that honor since 2004 when C.J. Klaas was also named First Team All-American.
Peay led Washington to the Pac-12 title and deep run in the NCAA Tournament that ended in the Elite 8. The central defender was a part of one of the top defenses in the country, allowing only 17 goals in 22 games. Peay was also a threat on offense, scoring six goals.
The Salt Lake City native was a semifinalist for the MAC Herman Trophy, the award given to the top player in college soccer. He was also named All-Pac-12 First Team and twice during the season was the Pac-12 Player of the Week.
Peay was just the third First Team All-American in Washington history, joining Klaas who twice earned the award (2003, ’04) and Magid Kria (1961).
Peay finished his career as one of the great Huskies in the 50-year history of the program. He was recently invited to the MLS Combine as he attempts the next step of his career in professional soccer.
Washington finished the season 16-2-4, including the furthest run in the NCAA Tournament in school history. The memorable season included a school record 15-game unbeaten streak to begin the season, which was the best in school history.
The future is bright at Washington as Peay was one of just four seniors on this year’s team, although goalkeeper Spencer Richey is eligible for a medical redshirt and return as a fifth-year senior if he chooses.