Tucker Caps Successful Year as with All-American Honors

Tucker Caps Successful Year as with All-American Honors
By Matt Schwab
A team guy to the core, Las Positas sophomore Nick Tucker has earned some heady individual soccer honors.
Hawks coach Andy Cumbo announced Monday that Tucker has been selected to the United Soccer Coaches Junior College Division III Men’s All-West Region first team, and he was named Second Team All-American.
"Wow! A huge honor, obviously,” said Tucker, also the Coast-North Midfielder of the Year. “I didn’t imagine myself coming anywhere close to those kinds of awards, so it’s cool.” In his customary style, Tucker, a Foothill High graduate, dishes off the credit. “It was definitely not possible without the team at Las Positas, with the coaching staff and all the guys who played a part in it,” Tucker said. “It was a successful season because we all bought into the same idea: Let’s get this thing done. Tucker continued, "Every one of those guys on that team, they’re all my brothers,” Tucker said. “I’ll remember every single one of them probably until the day I die. Those are my dudes.”
Cumbo could always depend on Tucker, a versatile two-year starter with a bent for long throw-ins and determined play. He started the season playing three games at center back and then was thrust into the midfield for the first time since, well, he was 11 years old. Clearly, he took to the new position. He even scored the second goal in a 2-1 triumph at Santa Rosa right after the switch. Tucker finished the season back on defense after a teammate went down. The Hawks had an unbeaten conference record (9-0-4) and earned a 1-0 win over Canada-Redwood City in the first round of the NorCal playoffs. Moreover, players marched in lockstep on and off the field in the program’s best-ever season. 

Cumbo said that it was a “great move” for Tucker to come to Las Positas instead of stopping playing after high school or trying to walk on somewhere.“He put together two amazing years, we made the playoffs both years. This year was even better,” Cumbo said. “And more importantly he’s developed a lot. He’s stayed in the game, he’s made a huge impact. Now, most likely, he will be playing at one of those four-year schools that maybe he wasn’t ready for a couple years ago.”

Looking ahead, Tucker, has garnered interest from a number four-year programs and will attend soccer ID camps to determine where he will play next. He plans to major in theology and earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees. His soccer play speaks for itself. “He’s come a long way over the last couple years here,” Cumbo said. “He’s done an amazing job becoming more technical on the ball, making better decisions on the ball and he’s always been very athletic, very tough. He’s a hard-nosed player and a very competitive guy.”