SEATTLE – Washington midfielder Cristian Roldan was recently named the National Freshman of the Year by Soccer America. The Husky rookie from Pico Rivera, Calif., scored seven goals and added five during the 2013 campaign, helping the Dawgs to a Pac-12 title.
Roldan was a revelation in the Washington midfield as a playmaker and finisher. Of his seven goals, four were scored with his head. He was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and now adds the top freshman honor from Soccer America. Roldan was also rated as the nation’s No. 2 freshman by TopDrawerSoccer.com, which can be seen HERE.
Roldan was not the only freshman from the Husky team to be honored by Soccer America. Striker Mason Robertson was named to the All-Freshman Second Team. Robertson scored six goals for the Huskies last season, including some huge ones at the end of the year. Robertson beat Cal with a Golden Goal and then clinched the Pac-12 title with the only goal in a 1-0 win over Oregon State.
Finally, Taylor Peay was also honored by Soccer America, being named to First Team MVPs. The senior defender was an NSCAA All-American after scoring six goals and leading the stout Husky defense. Peay is a prospect in the MLS Draft later this week and was recently ranked as the No. 31 prospect by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Teammate Michael Harris was named the No. 69 prospect in those same rankings. The full rankings can be seen HERE.
Roldan and Robertson will return to the Dawgs next season as part of the nucleus that will once again compete for the NCAA Championship.