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HSU Predicted to Win Women’s Soccer; Rico and Dowell Preseason POY

RICHARDSON, Texas – The ASC office announced Tuesday that the league’s head coaches and sports information directors picked Hardin-Simmons to win the 2021 American Southwest Conference Women’s Soccer title. 

The ASC Preseason Offensive and Defensive Players are Mary Hardin-Baylor junior forward Maria Rico and HSU senior midfielder Madelyn Dowell. 

Hardin-Simmons (7-0-2 / 5-0-1 ASC) received 238 points and 19 of 22 first-place votes. Marcus Wood and the Cowgirls won their 23rd ASC championship in 2020-21. 

UT Dallas (6-0-2 / 5-0 ASC) had 213 points with three first-place votes after winning the East Division in the spring and falling in the ASC Championship Finals on penalty kicks. 

Mary Hardin-Baylor (7-1-1 / 6-1 ASC) received 195 points for third place, and East Texas Baptist (6-2-2 / 4-1-1 ASC) were fourth with 163 points.

Rounding out the poll were Belhaven (156); McMurry (118); Sul Ross State (100); Ozarks (81); Concordia Texas (71); LeTourneau (64), and Howard Payne (51).

Rico was tied for the league-lead with five goals and an assist for the Cru and was the 2020-21 ASC Offensive Player of the Year. 

Dowell was a First Team All-Conference selection after netting three goals with three assists and contributing to seven shutouts in nine games for the Cowgirls. 

Thirty-three student-athletes were named to the ASC Women’s Soccer Players to Watch list. The list is composed of up to three players from each institution nominated by the head coaches. Twenty-seven of the players submitted are returning all-conference selections, including six individual award winners. 

The 2021 season will get underway Wednesday, September 1. 

The ASC Championship Tournament is on Nov 2, 5, and 7. The top four seeds host the quarterfinals with the semifinals and championship game at the No. 1 seed. 

Wilson is the official soccer ball of the American Southwest Conference and used by all 11 members and during the ASC Championships.

2021 ASC Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll

Rank Team (1st place votes) Pts. 2020-21 Record (ASC)
1. Hardin-Simmons (19) 238 7-0-2 (5-0-1)
2. UT Dallas (3) 213 6-0-2 (5-0)
3. Mary Hardin-Baylor 195 7-1-1 (6-1)
4. East Texas Baptist 163 6-2-2 (4-1-1)
5. Belhaven 156 4-3-1 (4-2-1)
6. McMurry 118 2-5-1 (1-2-1)
7. Sul Ross State 100 2-2-3 (2-2-2)
8. Ozarks 81 2-5-1 (1-3-1)
9. Concordia Texas 71 1-6-1 (1-6)
10. LeTourneau 64 2-8-2 (1-5-1)
11. Howard Payne 51 1-7 (1-5)

ASC Women’s Soccer Preseason Players of the Year
Offense: Maria Rico, Jr., F, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Defense: Madelyn Dowell, Sr., M, Hardin-Simmons

ASC Women’s Soccer Players to Watch List

Name Cl. Pos. Team Hometown
Izel Gaitain * So. D Belhaven Kyle, Texas
Macy Mathers So. M Belhaven Mobile, Ala.
Alysia Terry * Sr. D Belhaven Byram, Miss.
Patricia Heckendorn * So. F Concordia Texas Lake Jackson, Texas
Emily Mowrer * So. M/F Concordia Texas Cibolo, Texas
Jenna Townsley So. M Concordia Texas New Braunfels, Texas
Raegan Kappler * S Gr. M East Texas Baptist McKinney, Texas
Brianna Mickshaw * Sr. F East Texas Baptist Katy, Texas
Aylisse Warren * So. D East Texas Baptist Wylie, Texas
Rachel Bean * Sr. F Hardin-Simmons Frisco, Texas
Madelyn Dowell * Sr. M Hardin-Simmons Plano, Texas
Michaela Sabrsula * Sr. F Hardin-Simmons Tomball, Texas
Lexi De La Cruz Fr. F Howard Payne Lubbock, Texas
Marisah Mata * Jr. M Howard Payne Azle, Texas
Lindsey Schiller So. F Howard Payne Muskogee, Okla.
Kara Gipson * Sr. M LeTourneau Fort Worth, Texas
Kiersten Reeser * Jr. GK LeTourneau Dover, Pa.
Reagan Sandford * Sr. F LeTourneau Gastonia, N.C.
Kristen Burdick * D Sr. D Mary Hardin-Baylor Flower Mound, Texas
Maria Rico * O Jr. F Mary Hardin-Baylor Cedar Park, Texas
Shay Taylor * Sr. M Mary Hardin-Baylor Kerrville, Texas
Tagan Hansen * Sr. D McMurry Wichita Falls, Texas
Kate Holland Sr. D McMurry Mansfield, Texas
Hallie Rutherford * Sr. F McMurry Austin, Texas
Jessica Alvarado * Jr. M Ozarks Springdale, Ark.
Kailey Barnes * Jr. M Ozarks Roanoke, Texas
Sydney Frazier So. GK Ozarks Lake Dallas, Texas
Britney Berumen* Gr. M Sul Ross State El Paso, Texas
Joanna Estrada * Jr. M Sul Ross State Socorro, Texas
Nuvia Guillen * Sr. D/M Sul Ross State El Paso, Texas
Sierra Foster * F Fr. F UT Dallas Fullerton, Calif.
Peyton Guidry * D Y Fr. D UT Dallas Katy, Texas
Sofia Munoz * M Jr. M UT Dallas Dallas, Texas

2020-21 All-Conference Selection *
2020-21 Offensive Player of the Year O
2020-21 Co-Defensive Player of the Year D
2020-21 Co-Midfielder of the Year M
2020-21 Offensive Freshman of the Year F
2020-21 Defensive Freshman of the Year Y
2020-21 Co-Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year S

 

Tornados Picked to Win Men’s Soccer Title; Vazquez, Cadet Preseason Players of the Year

RICHARDSON, Texas – Concordia Texas,  the league’s head coaches and sports information directors picked them to win the 2021 American Southwest Conference Men’s Soccer title as announced Monday, August 30. 

Tornado junior forward Marco Vazquez and Hardin-Simmons senior midfielder Mackenson Cadet were named the ASC Preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year. 

Concordia Texas (7-3 / 4-1 ASC) had 207 points and four first-place votes out of 22 possible. The Tornados finished second in the West Division in the shortened spring season and runner-up in the ASC Championship Tournament. 

Defending ASC champion Ozarks (7-4-1 / 4-2 ASC) was picked second with 198 points and six first-place votes. Under Coach of the Year Aaron Brueckner, the Eagles won their first title since 2003. 

UT Dallas (5-1-1 / 4-0-1 ASC) was selected third with 196 points and six first-place votes. The Comets won the East Division in the spring. Hardin-Simmons (8-5, 6-1 ASC) with 181 points and three first-place votes after winning the West Division in 2020-21 follows them. 

Rounding out the poll were Mary Hardin-Baylor (170); East Texas Baptist (117); Belhaven (108); LeTourneau (100/1); McMurry (84/1); Sul Ross State (67/1); and Howard Payne (34).

After leading the league with seven goals, Vazquez was an ASC Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2020-21. 

Cadet was a Tri-Defensive Player of the Year, anchoring a Cowboy defense that recorded five shutouts. 

Thirty-two student-athletes were named to the ASC Men’s Soccer Players to watch list. The list is composed of up to three players from each institution nominated by the head coaches. Twenty-seven of the players submitted are returning all-conference selections with five individual award winners. 

The 2021 season will get underway Wednesday, September 1.

 The ASC Championship Tournament is on Nov 2, 5, and 7. The top four seeds host the quarterfinals, with the semifinals and championship game at the No. 1 seed. 

Wilson is the official soccer ball of the American Southwest Conference and used by all 11 members and during the ASC Championships.

2021 ASC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll

Rank Team (1st place votes) Pts. 2020-21 Record (ASC)
1. Concordia Texas (4) 207 7-3 (4-1)
2. Ozarks (6) 198 7-4-1 (4-2)
3. UT Dallas (6) 196 5-1-1 (4-0-1)
4. Hardin-Simmons (3) 181 8-5 (6-1)
5. Mary Hardin-Baylor 170 6-1-2 (4-1-1)
6. East Texas Baptist 117 3-6-1 (3-4)
7. Belhaven 108 3-4-1 (3-3-1)
8. LeTourneau (1) 100 6-5 (3-4)
9. McMurry (1) 84 1-7 (1-5)
10. Sul Ross State (1) 67 2-5-1 (2-4-1)
11. Howard Payne 34 1-7 (1-6)

ASC Men’s Soccer Preseason Players of the Year
Offense: Marco Vazquez, Jr., F, Concordia Texas
Defense: Mackenson Cadet, Sr., M, Hardin-Simmons

ASC Men’s Soccer Players to Watch List

Name Cl. Pos. Team Hometown
Brady Jacobs * Jr. M Belhaven Cantonment, Fla.
Max Rudolph * Jr. GK Belhaven Vestavia Hills, Ala.
John Avery Slay * Gr. D Belhaven Brandon, Miss.
Victor Gomez * Sr. M Concordia Texas Austin, Texas
Zack Kusak * D Sr. D Concordia Texas New Braunfels, Texas
Marco Vazquez * O Jr. F Concordia Texas Spring, Texas
Juan Cairo * Sr. M East Texas Baptist Caracas, Venezuela
Matthew Dieb So. D East Texas Baptist Arlington, Texas
Travis Floyd * Sr. M East Texas Baptist Midlothian, Texas
Mackenson Cadet * D Sr. M Hardin-Simmons Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Jakob Fiol * F Fr. F Hardin-Simmons Frisco, Texas
Austin Wills * Jr. D Hardin-Simmons Flower Mound, Texas
Cristian Drake So. D Howard Payne Katy, Texas
Daniel Hernandez Fr, F Howard Payne Caracas, Venezuela
Alexander Paz * Jr. F Howard Payne Texas City, Texas
Santi De La Torre * Jr. M LeTourneau San Antonio, Texas
Oliver Placencia * So. F LeTourneau Fort Worth, Texas
Beau Weber * Fr. D LeTourneau Breaux Bridge, La.
Brody Conley * Jr. M Mary Hardin-Baylor Cypress, Texas
Patrick Roach * Sr. F Mary Hardin-Baylor Kingwood, Texas
Nick Villanueva * Sr. D Mary Hardin-Baylor Austin, Texas
Luis Lopez Jr. D McMurry El Paso, Texas
Andres Martinez * Sr. M McMurry Horizon City, Texas
Santiago Nunez * So. F McMurry Bogota, Colombia
Alain Claude * Jr. M Ozarks Petion Ville, Haiti
Charleus Emmanuel Ritch * Jr. F Ozarks Carrefour, Haiti
Kyle Seymour * D Jr. D Ozarks New Lenox, Ill.
Jose Luis Originales * Sr. D Sul Ross State El Paso, Texas
Mauricio Perez Sr. M Sul Ross State El Paso, Texas
Brandon Bohn * Sr. D UT Dallas Coppell, Texas
Jardel Kuate * Jr. M UT Dallas Euless, Texas
Adrian Vasquez * Jr. D UT Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

2020-21 All-Conference Selection*
2020-21 Co-Offensive Player of the Year O
2020-21 Tri-Defensive Player of the Year M
2020-21 Offensive Freshman of the Year F