Former Granite Bay soccer standout Ryan Hollingshead scored one of UCLA's two goals this afternoon to lead the Bruins to their fourth Pac-12 title in five years after defeating visiting San Diego State 2-1.
Hollingshead, a senior midfielder, is a four-year starter for the Bruins who helped his team to reach the NCAA semifinals last season, where they lost on penalty kicks to North Carolina. Hollingshead had a goal in the match and four assists during the playoffs to make the NCAA All-Tournament Team.
This season Hollingshead leads the Bruins, ranked fourth nationally, in points with 20, six goals and eight assists.
He's also been named one of 30 men's soccer candidates for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. The award honors male soccer players for their accomplishments both on and off the field.
Hollingshead has maintained a 3.5 grade point average in psychology and has twice earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors.
He also is active in the community, volunteering for programs such as UCLA's I'm Going To College program, giving campus tours and doing autograph signings for the collegiate community outreach effort. He also participates in UCLA's Adopt-A-Classroom, in which players correspond and meet with elementary school children.
Hollingshead, a four-year lettermen in soccer and tennis at Granite Bay, led the Grizzlies boys soccer team to two Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championships, including in 2008 when he had three assists in the 5-2 title game win over Oakmont.
He finished with 18 goals and 18 assists that season.
Ryan's older brother, Scott, played for UCLA in 2006 and 2007.