Nov. 6, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University men's soccer midfielder Will Weatherly was named to the 2003 CoSIDA Academic All-American All-District VIII First Team on Thursday. The junior from Bellevue, Wash., currently leads the team in points (12) and goals scored (5) while maintaining a 3.64 overall grade point average in Accounting.
"This is a well-deserved honor for Will," said head coach Cameron Rast. "He is a hard worker whose success on the field spills over into other areas of his life. I believe him to be the very definition of a student-athlete."
With his selection to the All-District VIII team, Weatherly earns a spot on the national ballot for Academic All-American. If selected he will join former Broncos Jack Zwissig (1971) and Eric Yamamoto (1987, 88, 89) as the only players to be selected to the Academic All-American team. Yamamoto is currently in his 13th season as an assistant coach for Santa Clara.
Weatherly, who is in his junior season on the Mission Campus, adds this honor to one from last year when he was selected to the West Coast Conference All-Academic team as a sophomore. He helped the Broncos to a 10-6-1 overall record and a 3-3-0 mark in WCC play in 2002 while maintaining a 3.50 overall GPA
Following an outstanding Spring quarter in which he posted a 3.85 term GPA, Weatherly saw his overall grade point average jump up to where it stands now at 3.64.
This season, he has helped the Broncos to a 12-2-3 overall record and a 4-0-0 mark in league play. They have the No. 4 national ranking from Soccer America and can clinch the WCC title this Saturday with a win over San Diego at 7 p.m. in Buck Shaw Stadium.
For his career, Weatherly has scored 10 goals and assisted on three others. His career point total is now at 23 with two more regular season games remaining in the 2003 campaign. He and the Broncos are in a good position for a high seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, an event they narrowly missed out on last season.
2003 Academic All-District VIII University Men's Soccer First Team
|Scott Bertram||F||Gonzaga||Sr.||Moses Lake, Wash.||3.58||Business Administration|
|Neil Jones||F||UC Santa Barbara||Jr.||Auckland, New Zealand||3.32||Geography|
|James Twellman||F||Stanford||Jr.||Chesterfield, Mo.||3.73||International Relations|
|Dru Hoshimiya||MF||UCLA||Sr.||South Pasadena, Calif.||3.46||Sociology|
|Kevin Sapanli||MF||San Diego State||Sr.||La Jolla, Calif.||3.87||Business|
|Will Weatherly||MF||Santa Clara||Jr.||Bellevue, Wash.||3.64||Accounting|
|Abe Geiger||D||Stanford||Sr.||East Lansing, Mich.||3.31||Political Science|
|Kellen Hiroto||D||San Diego||Sr.||Riverside, Calif.||3.67||History|
|Tony Lochhead||D||UC Santa Barbara||Jr.||Tauranga, New Zealand||3.20||Chemical Engineering|
|Jose Rivas||D||Fresno State||Sr.||Lancaster, Calif.||3.98||Kinesiology|
|Zach Wells||GK||UCLA||Sr.||Costa Mesa, Calif.||3.22||American Literature & Culture|