SEATTLE -- Washington head coach Jamie Clark announced the Huskies 2013-14 Team Awards at the annual banquet on Sunday night at the 50 North restaurant in Seattle. The five awards were given to highly deserving individuals after completing the best season in program history.
"It was great to bring the whole team back together one last time," said Clark. "We enjoyed a special 2013 season and it was fun looking back on all the team's accomplishments. It was also a farewell to three terrific young men who helped propel UW Men's Soccer to new heights: Michael Harris, Brad Jacobson and Taylor Peay."
From that group of seniors, the two four-year Huskies, Harris and Peay earned awards. Harris was named the Mike Ryan Most Inspirational Player, while Peay was named the Defensive MVP. Harris was a vocal leader of the Dawgs, leading the conference with 10 assists from his position at right back. His flipthrow brought a unique aspect to the Husky attack, but he was also dangerous with the ball at his feet.
Peay was the first NSCAA First Team All-American for Washington since 2004. He led a defense that allowed just 17 goals in 22 games, while also contributing six goals on the offensive end.
The Offensive MVP award went to junior Darwin Jones after the transfer scored seven goals and added four assists. The speedy striker also opened up the offense for the rest of the team as his pace and deadly shot drew the attention of the opposing team's best defenders.
Earning the Rookie of the Year Award was no surprise for Cristian Roldan. After being named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and the Soccer America Freshman of the Year it was a given that he would earn his own team's honor. Roldan scored seven goals and added five assists from his spot in the central midfield.
Finally, the Most Improved Player was awarded to Justin Schmidt. The redshirt freshman burst into the lineup, starting all 22 games in central defense. He joined Peay as the key cog that allowed just 17 goals all year. Schmidt was also big on set pieces at the offensive end, scoring two goals and adding seven assists.
The Huskies finished 16-2-4 in 2013, winning the Pac-12 title and advancing to the Round of 8 in the NCAA Tournament. The Dawgs will be back at it next fall where they are once again expected to complete for Pac-12 and NCAA Championships.
Mike Ryan Most Insperational Player: Michael Harris
Rookie of the Year: Cristian Roldan
Most Imporved Player: Justin Schmidt
Offensive MVP: Darwin Jones
Defensive MVP: Taylor Peay