Nov. 19, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. -
Stanford's Michael Strickland and Bobby Warshaw were named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference first team for men's soccer, the conference announced Wednesday. It was the first such honor for each.
In addition, five others received all-conference recognition for the Cardinal (4-11-3), including defender Ryan Imamura, who was named to the second team.
Strickland, a junior central midfielder and co-captain from Davis, Calif., was instrumental in organizing the team on the field as well as winning and distributing the ball. His play often set the tone for the match and ignited the Cardinal's quick-passing game. He scored one goal and had one assist.
Warshaw, the team's leading scorer for the second consecutive season, proved his versatility by playing forward, midfield and central defense at different points in the season. Warshaw, a sophomore from Mechanicsburg, Pa., scored three goals and had two assists, and showed great vision on the field, as well as gifted passing and a strong shot.
Each was a second-team selection last season.
Imamura, a sixth-year senior from Eugene, Ore., was a rock in the central defense, anchoring a unit that allowed only 21 goals all season and never more than two in any game - the only team in the Pac-10 to accomplish the feat.
In addition, redshirt freshman midfielder Garrett Gunther (Long Beach, Calif.), senior attacking defender Tim Jones (Lawrenceville, Ga.), junior goalkeeper John Moore (Chino Hills, Calif.) and sophomore defender-midfielder Ryan Thomas (Claremont, Calif.) received honorable mention honors.
The selections were made by a vote of conference head coaches. They could not vote for their own players.
The following is the complete list:
Player of the Year: Michael Stephens, jr., MF, UCLA
Freshman of the Year: Danny Mwanga, F, OSU
Coach of the Year: Jorge Salcedo, UCLA
Name Pos. Yr. School
Raphael Cox MF Sr. WASH
Stefan Frei* GK Jr. CAL
Maxwell Griffin F Sr. UCLA
Hector Jimenez MF So. CAL
George John* MF Sr. WASH
Jason Leopoldo* MF Sr. UCLA
Brad Rusin D Sr. UCLA
Michael Stephens MF Jr. UCLA
Michael Strickland MF Jr. STAN
Bobby Warshaw MF/F So. STAN
Andrew Wiedeman F So. CAL
*two-time All-Pac-10 honoree
Name Pos. Yr. School
Tyler Barry D Sr. CAL
Nick Cardenas D Jr. SDSU
Servando Carrasco MF So. CAL
Ryan Imamura D Sr. STAN
Daniel Leach D Sr. OSU
Taylor Mueller D So. WASH
Danny Mwanga F Fr. OSU
Brian Perk GK Jr. UCLA
A.J. Soares D So. CAL
Evan Toft MF Jr. SDSU
Jamel Wallace D/MF Jr. SDSU
HONORABLE MENTION (received votes):
Ryan Callahan (Sr., MF, OSU); Robby Christner (Sr., F, OSU); Casey Cunningham (Jr., D, WASH); Khadim Diouf (So., F, SDSU); David Estrada (Jr., F, UCLA); Garrett Gunther (So., MF, STAN); Taylor Hoss (Jr., MF, WASH); Tim Jones (Sr., D, STAN); Jo Jo Katz (Jr., MF, WASH); Pat Marion (Sr., MF, CAL); Matt McManus (Jr., D/F, SDSU); Mike Miller (Jr., GK, OSU); John Moore (Jr., GK, STAN); Davis Paul (So., F, CAL); Raymundo Reza (So., MF, SDSU); Brent Richards (Fr., F, WASH); Andy Rose (Fr., D/MF, UCLA); Dennis Sanchez (Sr., D, SDSU); Danny Suits (Jr., D/MF, UCLA); Ryan Thomas (So., D/MF, STAN); Jacob Wilson (Jr., F, CAL).