COLUMBIA, Ky. — The University of Rio Grande was well-represented on the 2013 All-Mid-South Conference men’s soccer team announced Wednesday by league officials.
The RedStorm placed six players on the All-MSC first team and two players on the second team, while freshman midfielder Pau Rodriguez (Barcelona, Spain) was named Freshman of the Year and veteran head coach Scott Morrissey captured Coach of the Year honors.
Rodriguez entered Thursday night’s MSC Tournament semifinals with 31 points, which ranks seventh in the Mid-South. His goals (12) and assists (7) rank sixth and fourth respectively in the conference.
Morrissey, who is in his 25th season at the helm, collected his third conference Coach of the Year honor and his second straight. Rio Grande finished the regular season with a 7-0-2 conference record.
A total of 18 men earned first team honors, while 14 were named to the second team in balloting of the conference coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Rio’s first team honorees included junior goalkeeper Jon Dodson (Tiffin, OH), sophomore forward Luiz Filho (Sao Paulo, Brazil), sophomore midfielder Ryota Tonegawa (Kawaguchi, Saitawa, Japan), junior defender Cesar Lopez (San Salvador, El Salvador), senior defender Maxi Viera (Montevideo, Uruguay) and Rodriguez.
Senior defender Craig Davies (Wolverhampton, England) and sophomore defender Romain Terzian (Valence, France) were among those named to the second team.
Dodson had 34 saves, a .756 save percentage and four solo shuouts entering play on Thursday, while Filho led the country with 26 goals scored.
Tonegawa had three goals and a pair of assists, while Viera had five goals and seven assists and Lopez was part of a defense that has allowed the opposition just 11 goals this season.
Terzian, who had one goal and two assists, was an equally big part of Rio’s defensive play, while Davies had two goals and six assists.
Lindsey Wilson, who captured the league’s regular season title, also had six first team selections
Campbellsville’s (Ky.) Roraigh Yearwood was named the league’s Player of the Year and Bluefield (Va.) College’s Joey Waltz earned the Champions of Character Award.
Yearwood entered Thursday’ Mid-South Tournament semifinals with 44 points, 18 goals and eight assists - all rank second in the MSC this season. His six game-winning goals are tied for the most in the conference this season.
On a national scale, Yearwood ranks fifth in game-winners, ninth in goals and 11th in points. He earned Mid-South Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors three times this season.
Waltz earned his award based on his academic and athletic achievement, campus and community leadership, future ambition and demonstration of five core character values of the NAIA.