STORRS, Conn. (January 6, 2006) - Julius James (Maloney Gardens, Trinidad) highlights a group of four members of the University of Connecticut mens soccer team that received SoccerTimes.com All-American honors, as announced Friday on the organizations Web site. James garnered First Team accolades, while Willis Forko (Houston, Texas) was placed on the Third Team and Mpho Moloi (Soweto, South Africa) and OBrian White (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) received Honorable Mention recognition.
James played and started in all 21 games, helping anchor the nationally-ranked defense that allowed an average of just 0.56 goals per game, while posting 14 shutouts. Powered by the sophomore defender, the Huskies gave up just two goals at home during the regular season and 12 overall. On the attack, he scored two goals, one against George Mason (9/9) and another on the road vs. Notre Dame (10/8). James adds the First Team All-American nod to a lengthy list of accolades this season, including Soccer America First Team All-American, NSCAA Second Team All-American and First Team New England honors. He was named the BIG EAST Defender of the Year, as well as a candidate for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy.
Forko joined the UConn soccer team in 2003 and quickly worked his way into the lineup. He started in all 65 games for the Huskies and averaged 90 minutes per contest in 2005. As a senior, the defender was chosen as a Third Team All-BIG EAST selection after leading the Husky defense that allowed just 12 goals on the season and posted 13 shutouts.
Moloi captained the Huskies each of the last three seasons, bringing home UConns third BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year honor under Head Coach Ray Reid, en route to guiding the Huskies to the third round of the NCAA Tournament this season. He is a three-time All-BIG EAST selection and All-New England honoree and has led the defensive midfield since entering the starting line-up prior to the NCAA Tournament his freshman year. After starting 70 consecutive games, Moloi averaged 89 minutes per game with two assists to his credit in his final year with the Huskies. He was honored as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week once in 2005, while helping lead UConns defense to a 0.56 goals against average and 13 shutouts this season.
White, too, has received numerous accolades for a breakout freshman campaign. The BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and All-BIG EAST Second Team member, the freshman forward led the Huskies in scoring with 28 points off shared team highs of 10 goals and eight assists. He started and played in 20 games, averaging 73 minutes per appearance. White earned conference Rookie of the Week honors during the week of Oct. 24, after scoring two goals against Pittsburgh (10/19) and ended the year as a member of the College Soccer News and Soccer America All-Freshman squads.