Josh Phillips, a 2010 graduate of Capital and currently a senior at Gonzaga University, was named the West Coast Conference’s Defender of the Year today. From GoZags.com…
“Phillips (Olympia, Wash.) joins Nick Barclay in 2008 as the only other Bulldog to earn Defender of the Year accolades. A mainstay on the Bulldog defense he was instrumental in Gonzaga allowing opponents just 0.95 goals/match. The 10 wins for the Bulldogs this season marked the first double-digit wins season since 2000, and Gonzaga’s 5-4-3 WCC record for third place is the highest finish since 2008. He earned All-WCC second-team honors in 2011.
Phillips said it’s a great honor to be chosen.
‘I was pretty excited when I heard the news. It’s a great honor to be recognized with this award, not only for me but as a program we really turned things around this year. It’s been a wonderful ride this year.’”
Gonzaga went 10-6-3 overall this season and finished in third place of the WCC at 5-4-3 behind Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara. The Zags did not receive an at-large berth to the NCAA Championships on Sunday.
Phillips is the second local alum honored in Division I soccer. Tumwater grad Abbey Bergquist was named the Big Sky’s Newcomer of the Year. She made 16 starts for Portland State and scored a pair of goals with a pair of assists.