OMAHA, Neb. - Junior forward Ethan Finlay of the Creighton men's soccer team has been named a second-team All-American as voted on by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year is the 12th men's soccer player in school history to earn NSCAA All-America honors. College Soccer News also honored Finlay on its All-America Second Team.
Finlay enjoyed the best offensive season by a Bluejay since 2002, leading the MVC with 15 goals and 34 points, while starting all 20 matches for the MVC regular-season champions. The Marshfield, Wis., native earned his second straight first-team all-region honor as he ended the year ranked seventh in the NCAA in both points and goals scored, while his 0.75 goals per game ranked sixth in the nation.
The forward ended his junior season tied for sixth in school history with 29 career goals. Five of his 15 goals this year served as game-winners and 14 of his 29 career goals are game-winning scores. Finlay owned four two-goal matches in 2010, the most by a Bluejay in a season since All-American Mike Tranchilla had four multi-goal matches in 2000. His four multi-goal matches this season are tied for third in CU history, while his five career multi-goal matches are tied for sixth in school history. He excelled at home, setting facility records with 10 goals and 23 points at Morrison Stadium this season.
Finlay is the first NSCAA All-American at Creighton since Andrei Gotsmanov (first team) and Chris Schuler (second team) both earned honors in 2008.