The star midfielder also earns first-team all-league recognition after a standout season with the University of Portland mens soccer team.
Eddie Sanchez said he made sure to have fun, regardless of outcome, in his first year with the University of Portland mens soccer team.
A little success probably didnt hurt.
Sanchez, a recent Canby High School alumnus, was recently honored as the West Coast Conference freshman of the year and also earned a spot on the all-league first team.
Sanchez became the eighth player in Pilots program history to be named freshman of the year and the first since Central Catholic product Steven Evans who has continued his career with the Portland Timbers organization in 2010.
A skilled 5-foot-9 midfielder, Sanchez led the WCC in overall points (27), goals (12) and game-winners (four). As of last month, he ranked seventh nationally in goals per game (0.71), 10th in total goals and 11th in points per game (1.59).
Sanchez and teammate Matthew Coffey represented UP on the all-league freshman team. Coffey also made the all-WCC second team. Two other teammates, junior Derek Boggs and sophomore Hugo Rhoads, received honorable mention.
Sanchez and the Pilots went 9-11 overall, including 4-8 in league play.
Gonzaga senior midfielder Nick Hamer was named the WCC player of the year, Gonzaga senior Josh Phillips was honored as the defensive player of the year and Loyola Marymount sophomore Paul Blanchette was chosen as the goalkeeper of the year. LMUs Paul Krumpe was selected by his colleagues as coach of the year.