Dec. 13, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - Following a season in which UConn reached the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals for the third consecutive year, five Husky players garnered awards from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), as announced this week.
Goalkeeper Andre Blake earned NSCAA First Team All-America honors for the second straight season, while midfielder Adria Beso was named to the All-America Second Team. The pair of juniors were also recognized earlier in the week when they were placed on the All-Northeast First Team along with senior midfielder George Fochive.
Freshman forward Cyle Larin was named to the All-Northeast Second Team and senior midfielder Colin Bradley earned a spot on the All-Northeast Third Team for the Huskies.
Blake, who was named the American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year last month, finished the season with a 10-3-8 record and a 0.75 goals against average. The May Pen, Jamaica native recorded 10 shutouts for UConn and helped lead the Huskies to two penalty kick shoot-out victories in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Blake was also named to the All-Conference First Team and was tabbed as a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy award for his play in between the posts this season. In his freshman campaign in 2011, the keeper was named a Third Team All-American.
"Blake continues to amaze me," 17th-year head coach Ray Reid said. "To be named an All-American for the third straight season is special and he is very deserving of it."
Beso received recognition this week after finishing the season with 10 assists for the Huskies at the midfield position. He was named the American Athletic Conference Midfielder of the Year and currently ranks 25th in the NCAA with 0.43 assists per game.
"Beso is one of the most talented attacking midfielders we've ever had," Reid said. "He's up there with Carlos Alvarez and Brent Rahim."
Fochive finished his career in Storrs with another successful season which included his first two Division I goals. The holding midfielder anchored the Husky defense, leading UConn to 12 total shutouts and a 0.69 GAA. He was one of only four UConn players to start in all 23 games for Reid.
Larin, the Huskies leading scorer on offense, currently ranks sixth in NCAA with 14 goals, including five game-winners. The Brampton, Ontario native helped lead the Huskies to a season-best 17-match unbeaten streak that stretched from Sept. 21 through Dec. 6. He was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.
Bradley, who finished his UConn career with 90 consecutive starts, totaled five points on the season, including a career-best two goals. The West Hartford, Conn., native registered one game-winner and was named the Ed Tremble Male Player of the Year by the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association.
Fochive and senior forward Mamadou Diouf, who earned All-Conference Second Team honors this season, were both invited this week to participate in the 2014 Major League Soccer (MLS) Combine. The Connecticut seniors are two of 50 college men's soccer players that were chosen by NCAA Division I coaches and MLS representatives to take part in the event, which is set for January 10-14 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.