Men's Soccer Senior Harry Beddo Earns NSCAA First-Team All-America Honors
St. Louis, Mo., December 13, 2010 – Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer senior back Harry Beddo was tabbed as a National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) 2010 NCAA Division III first-team All-American, as announced Monday by the association.
Beddo is the first Washington University student-athlete to garner men’s soccer All-America honors since Onyi Okoroafor was a third-team All-America selection in 2007, and he is just the eighth student-athlete in school history to earn the distinction.
Additionally, Beddo is the fourth first-team All-American in Washington University history, but is the first in 30 years; Arthur Jurema was the Bears’ last first-team All-American in 1980.
Beddo began his career at Washington University as a forward, leading the team in scoring with nine goals and four assists and 22 points as a freshman on a team that won 16 games and advanced to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. During his sophomore season he began to transition to the backfield where he transformed into one of the Bears’ premier shutdown defenders.
Even playing a majority of the time in the backfield, Beddo’s offensive ability and 6-foot-3-inch stature afforded him the opportunity to have an impact on the offensive end, particularly on set pieces and corner kicks. He ended his career with 17 goals and seven assists for 41 points.
As one of Washington University’s primary backfield defenders in 2010, Beddo helped anchor a defensive unit that ranked sixth in Division III with a 0.42 goals against average and 16th with a 0.6 shutout percentage, recording 12 shutouts in 20 games while yielding just nine goals against.]
Beddo was a four-time All-University Athletic Association (UAA) selection, earning first-team all-conference accolades in 2009 and 2010. He was a second-team NSCAA all-central region selection a year ago, but earned first-team honors for the first time in his career in 2010.
Washington University finished the season with one of the best overall records in school history, posting a 14-1-5 mark before advancing to the second round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament. The Bears hosted Loras College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, playing to a 1-1 tie before falling to the Duhawks in penalty kicks. The squad’s 14 wins mark the highest total since 2007 and tie for the second-best output during head coach Joe Clarke’s 14 seasons at Washington University.