Ethan Finlay, Tyler Polak Receive More Honors

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All-American Ethan Finlay
Courtesy: Eric Francis
OMAHA, Neb. - Postseason honors continue to roll in for Creighton men's soccer standouts Ethan Finlay and Tyler Polak.  Finlay, the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, has been honored by Soccer America as one of 11 MVPs nationally.  Polak, the MVC Freshman of the Year, was named to the 2010 All-Freshman First Team as recognized by College Soccer News.

Finlay, a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist and second-team NSCAA All-American this year, 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.  Soccer America MVP's honor the players who have the biggest impact on their team's success. 

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 has also previously been recognized by TopDrawerSoccer.com, Goal.com and CollegeSoccerNews.com for his outstanding season.

Polak, who has also earned praise from TopDrawerSoccer.com and Goal.com, is one of 11 players on the All-Freshman First-Team as named by CollegeSoccerNews.com. 
The Lincoln, Neb., native started all 20 matches for the Bluejays this season, leading all field players with 1,828 minutes played.  A member of the United States U-20 National Team pool, he played every minute of CU's first 15 games this season.  He had one assist and two goals from his defensive slot, including the game-winning goal against New Mexico in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
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