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.