SEATTLE – Seven members of Seattle University men’s soccer were honored by the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) at the league’s postseason awards banquet on Tuesday night. Josh Adachi, Nathan Aune, and Sergio Rivas were named All-WAC First Team, while Julian Avila-Good and Declan McGlynn earned All-WAC Second Team. McGlynn was also WAC Freshman of the Year and joined Hal Uderitz on the league’s all-freshman team. Anthony Ayala rounded out the recognition with an honorable mention selection.
Adachi, a senior from Pearl City, Hawai’i, started all 19 games in net, including all 11 WAC matches. In conference play, he tallied a 1.09 goals against average and tallied 28 saves. Adachi posted three shutouts in league action. In 2017, Adachi earned All-WAC Second Team honors.
Aune, the WAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, started 10 WAC contests. The native of Arlington, Wash., scored two goals and helped the SU defense concede just 12 goals in league play. The senior has been All-WAC First Team twice and All-WAC Second Team on two occasions.
Rivas, another senior, paced the Redhawks with 10 points in WAC competition. The Albuquerque, New Mexico, native recorded a pair of goals and six assists in 11 conference games. In 2018, the midfielder ranks ninth nationally with nine assists. Rivas wraps his career with two All-WAC First Team citations, two All-WAC Second Team choices, and the 2015 WAC Freshman of the Year Award.
“I’m proud of these guys,” said Coach Pete Fewing. “They’ve been a big part of our success throughout their careers and they deserve the recognition.”
Avila-Good started all 19 matches in the midfield, including all 11 WAC outings. He contributed two goals and four assists in his role. The junior out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was a key factor on both sides of the ball this year.
“Julian is a hard-working, blue-collar guy,” said Fewing. “It’s great for him to be on the second team.”
McGlynn, out of Kirkland, Wash., burst onto the scene with six goals and five assists in 2018. In WAC games, he notched three goals and a pair of assists in 11 outings. He is the first Redhawk to win WAC Freshman of the Year since Rivas claimed the award in 2015.
Uderitz joined McGlynn on the all-rookie squad after a stellar first season at SU. The native of Snohomish, Wash., put up four goals and an assist in WAC play, including a pair of game-winning scores.
“I’m proud of how they’ve adjusted to this level,” said Fewing. “We knew they were talented and they’ve worked to be able to play and start for us right away.”
Ayala rounded out the SU honorees. The senior from Carmichael, Calif., started all 11 conference games at center back, playing a vital role on the Redhawks’ strong back line. In 2017, he was an All-WAC Second Team pick.
“Anthony is an unsung hero for us,” said Fewing. “He often goes unseen, so it’s nice for him to be recognized."
Championship Field is the site for this week’s WAC Tournament. The first round takes place tomorrow with three games, including SU’s match against San Jose State at 7 p.m.