Nov. 19, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University men's soccer senior Matt Hatzke was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American today. Hatzke helped the Broncos to one of their best regular seasons ever, while also performing at a high level in the classroom.
"This is a great honor for Matt," said head coach Cameron Rast. "He works so hard for us on the soccer field, but he also puts forth a tremendous effort academically. He is very deserving of this recognition and this type of honor makes me more proud because he excelled in two different areas, not just on the field."
Hatzke has had an outstanding final season on the Mission Campus, helping SCU post a 15-1-4 regular season record. The team won the West Coast Conference for the second straight year and finished the conference season unbeaten at 10-0-2 to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Broncos are in the midst of a 17-game unbeaten streak that has seen them rise to No. 3 in the nation.
The San Jose native overcame an early season injury to appear in all 20 games mainly as the left back. He scored one goal and notched three assists, while helping the Broncos lead the league with a 0.62 goals against average and nine shutouts. A solid defender, Hatzke also has the ability to get forward and contribute offensively.
In the classroom, Hatzke has been equally as impressive. He has a cumulative GPA of 3.72 as an accounting major in the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara.
Hatzke has twice been named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII (2006, 2007) and has earned WCC All-Academic honors on two occasions. In 2006, he was also an NSCAA Scholar All-Far West Honorable Mention selection.
Hatzke and the Broncos will learn their seed in the NCAA Tournament on Monday at 2:30 p.m. PT. The NCAA Tournament bracket will be announced on ESPNEWS.