LAS VEGAS – (Nov. 7) Nathan Aune of No. 23 Seattle University men’s soccer was named 2017 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Defensive Player of the Year at the conference’s awards banquet, held Tuesday night in Las Vegas. Aune and Alex Roldan were both chosen All-WAC First Team to highlight the Redhawks’ honors.
Anthony Ayala, Sergio Rivas, and Medo Youssef were all selected All-WAC Second Team, while Josh Adachi and Ozzie Ramos were both Honorable Mention. Habib Barry and Ivory Randle IV were named to the league’s all-freshman team.
“It’s great to see these guys get this recognition,” said Coach Pete Fewing. “It’s well-deserved. They work hard and it’s fantastic to see that rewarded.”
Aune, a junior from Arlington, Wash., started 17 games at center back this season. He was chosen WAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and followed with a stellar campaign on the Redhawks’ back line. Aune helped SU post eight shutouts, including four in WAC play. The Redhawks did not allow more than two goals in any match this season. They conceded just nine goals in 10 conference outings.
Aune added two goals and an assist, scoring the game-winner against No. 20 New Mexico on Aug. 27. He also scored in the closing minutes of regulation to force a tie at Grand Canyon on Oct. 29.
Aune was an All-WAC Second Team selection in 2015 and 2016. He is the third straight WAC Defensive Player of the Year from Seattle U. Kyle Bjornethun won the award each of the two previous seasons.
Roldan recorded five goals and a team-high five assists in his senior season. The native of Pico Rivera, Calif., started all 18 matches in 2017. He scored twice in a 5-2 win over Santa Clara on Sept. 14. Roldan ranks second nationally in shots per game (5.10) and shots on goal per game (2.44).
The honor is Roldan’s second straight All-WAC First Team nod.
Rivas led the Redhawks with six goals this year, adding three assists to his ledger. The Albuquerque, New Mexico, native made 18 starts at midfield. He scored two goals against CSU Bakersfield on Sept. 29 and tallied an overtime game-winner against Mercer on Sept. 7.
In 2015, Rivas was a Second Team choice. Last season, he picked up First Team recognition.
Ayala, a redshirt junior, logged a breakout season at center back. In 18 starts, the native of Carmichael, Calif., was key in Seattle U’s total of eight shutouts.
Youssef put up five goals and three assists in a strong senior season. The forward appeared in all 18 games, making 14 starts. He scored two goals at UTRGV Oct. 6 and logged a goal against No. 12 Air Force on Oct. 12.
Adachi played every minute in goal for the Redhawks. The redshirt junior compiled a 0.85 goals against average and a .652 save percentage in 18 contests. His eight shutouts stand 13th nationally.
Ramos played a vital role in the midfield this season, helping SU transition from offense to defense and vice versa. He assisted on four goals in 18 starts as a senior.
Barry appeared in the final 10 games of the season at forward. The SeaTac, Wash., native claimed a goal and three assists.
Randle IV played in 10 outings, starting each one on defense. The Sammamish, Wash., native helped Seattle U post four shutouts in his appearances this season.
SU begins postseason play with a match against CSU Bakersfield tomorrow at 4 p.m.