Six Huskies Earn Pac-12 Honors
Nov. 15, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - After a polling of the Pac-12 men's soccer coaches, the Huskies got six student-athletes on the first, second and honorable mention teams.
Seniors Jamie Finch, Jacob Hustedt and Brent Richards were named to the first-team while junior Dylan Tucker-Gangnes and sophomore Spencer Richey were named to the second-team and junior Ben Fisk earned honorable mention, respectively.
"I'm proud of these six players for what they achieved both individually and for how much they did for our team," said head coach Jamie Clark. "Our three seniors on the first team have been great Huskies and will be dearly missed next year. This honor is great way to finish their careers here at UW. The All Pac-12 teams are a who's who list of future professional players, so it's nice that we continue to produce players of the highest level. I believe that Jamie, Brent and Jake can all look forward to great professional careers."
Finch was one of three defenders named to the first-team. The Bothell, Wash., native helped the Husky back line to nine shutouts on the year. He had five assists on the season, tying for the team lead with Hustedt and Richards. The last two seasons he was on the honorable mention team and has earned Pac-10 All-Academic First-Team honors the last three years. In 2010 he was also a NSSCAA Scholar All-West Region and first-Team Academic All-District VIII selection.
In his first year with UW, Hustedt was earned first-team honors playing up front with Richards as a forward. Hustedt was second on the team with six goals 17 points, two game-winning goals, 25 shots on goal, 59 shots, and tied for first with five assists. The Sandy, Utah native was named to the Big West Second-Team his sophomore year.
For the fourth-straight season, Richards (Camas, Wash.) led the Huskies in goals with 10. He had five assists, 25 points, 85 shots, 33 shots on goal, had five game-winning goals and was a perfect 3-for-3 on PK's. He leaves UW ranked ninth all-time in goals (31) and tied for 10th in points (77). All four years at UW he earned all-conference honors, first-team twice, second-team in 2009 and honorable mention in 2008. He was a three ESPN Academic All-District Fist-Team honoree, a First-Team NSCAA Scholar-All-American and All-west Region honoree last year, the team MVP and a third-team ESPN Academic All-American, along with many other academic and athlete honors from the conference, Soccer America and TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Midfielder Tucker-Gangnes from Bainbridge Island, Wash., earned second-team honors this year after getting honorable mention a year ago. He had two goals, an assist, five points and one PK on the year, while playing in all 18 games.
The Husky goalkeeper, Richey, from Seattle, Wash., had one of the best years by a Husky keeper in school history. He posted nine shutouts which tied for fourth in a single-season and his 0.75 GAA is tied for eighth. He played every minute of all 18 games, allowing just 14 goals and making 59 saves.
Fisk, Federal Way, Wash., made a huge impact in his first year at UW, earning honorable mention honors. He played in 17 games, recording one assist and took 20 shots.
Six selections are the most for the Huskies since 2009.
Pac-12 Player of the Year -- Kelyn Rowe, UCLA