Earned All-Ivy Recognition This Fall
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Cameron Riach was one of three Bulldogs to share the team's Most Improved Player Award this fall. The hard work that helped him earn that honor did not go unnoticed by his teammates. Riach has been elected captain of the 2018-19 Yale men's soccer team. The announcement was made following a team vote at the post season banquet.
"It's a great honor to be elected captain of this team," said Riach, a Weston, Connecticut native. "I am incredibly motivated to help push the program forward as we strive to win the Ivy League next season."
Riach is coming off a strong junior season when he helped lead a defense that posted six shutouts. He also contributed offensively, scoring a pair of goals, including the game winner in a 1-0 win over Cornell. Both of his goals came in Ivy play, and he led the team with 585 minutes played in league games.
"The team captaincy at Yale is a time-honored tradition, and like every year, we had some excellent candidates in our rising senior class," said Kylie Stannard, the 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We are excited and happy for Cam to have this honor, and we expect he is going to do a great job in this role. He is very well respected by the coaching staff and players and brings a very positive and out-going personality to our team. He is very personable and does a good job connecting with everyone on the team in both a soccer and non-soccer environment. This is a very important attribute as a leader and very key to having a unified team."
Riach is part of large Class of 2019 that should provide the Bulldogs with excellent leadership.
"I will certainly need the assistance from my classmates as it will be important for us to immediately integrate the freshman into the group," Riach said. "I will look to [the fellow seniors] for support and am very confident that they will serve as great role models for the rest of the group."
The abundance of upperclassmen should be a benefit.
"We will have the largest senior class we've had in a while next year, and they will all play important leadership roles and be excellent support for Cameron," Stannard said. "We also have a very large junior class so there will be a lot of shared responsibility and leadership. Again, we are excited for Cam and the team and looking forward to working with them and moving this program further ahead to our goal of being a championship program. With a lot of experience and continued reinforcement of our core values and culture, this team has great potential, but without the right action and follow through, that means nothing. The most important work to come is going to be in the off-season during the next nine months. These are the most important months of development, and in creating a championship culture."
Riach, who served as the captain of his club team - Everton FC Westchester, is already preaching that message.
"The team is focused on improving every day, whether in the weight room or on the field," he said. "The work that we put in now is incredibly important, and I am confident that our progress will be realized next season."
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity