The honors mark just the third and fourth such accolades for the program in NCAA All-American honors and first in Division I. Previously, Bobby McAlister (2004) and John Fishbaugher (2007) were named NSCAA Division II First Team All-Americans. Seattle U’s pair of honors comprised two of the Western Athletic Conference’s three as UNLV’s Danny Musovski was named Second Team All-American.
Olsen was named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann trophy, the most prestigious individual award in collegiate soccer, after leading the nation with 16 goals in 2015. He received Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week honors twice and College Soccer News Team of the Week honors three times during his first season with the Redhawks. Olsen was also named First Team All-Conference as well as the WAC Tournament MVP.
Bjornethun contributed both offensively and defensively during his junior campaign, named NSCAA National Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 21-27 for scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory at No. 13 Oregon State and anchoring a backline that allowed just two goals combined in weekend wins vs. the No. 10 Washington Huskies and the Beavers. He was also named WAC Defensive Player of the Year for leading an SU defensive line that posted 10 shutouts and earned First Team All-Conference and WAC All-Tournament Team honors.
After a historic 2015 season ending in the sweet 16, the accolades continue to pour in for the Redhawks, whose coaching staff earned Regional Coach of the Year honors for the sixth time. Seattle U returns a number of key starters and looks to improve and advance deeper into the NCAA tournament in 2016.
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