LeTourneau men’s soccer placed five among the conference’s best as freshman forward Zachariah Malik, and junior goalkeeper Brian Howell were named second-team all-ASC for LeTourneau men’s soccer on Monday as voted on by the coaches of the American Southwest Conference.
Malik scored four goals and added two assists in his rookie season for the YellowJackets as the Austin, Texas native started in 16 of 18 games. He played 1,001 minutes for LeTourneau and notched 35 shots and 16 shots on goal over the course of the season.
Brian Howell finished second in the ASC in saves with 90 as he also recorded four shutouts on the season. Howell played in 17 games and logged 1,518 minutes in the goal for LeTourneau. The Germantown, Maryland native was also named the ASC defensive player of the week on September 5th after 204 minutes of scoreless soccer between the posts and recording 11 saves in two shutout games with a win against TLU and tie with Schreiner.
Junior midfielder Israel Madrid earned third team all-conference honors as he led the YellowJackets with five goals this season. Madrid finished eighth in the ASC in total shots with 37 and also added an assist in a game against Jarvis Christian. The Longview HS product started all 18 games and logged 1,354 minutes as a leader from the center-midfield position in his first season back after serving the past two years in the military.
Senior defender Hunter Swift was named honorable mention as the started all 18 games and led the team in minutes played with 1,494. Swift made the transition from forward to the defender for his senior season to lead a back line that recorded four shutouts. The La Marque, Texas native scored four goals including two game winners in his final season for the YellowJackets.
Junior defender Alan Flores was also named honorable mention after starting 16 games on the back line for the YellowJackets. Flores recorded an assist in a win over Louisiana College on October 7th. The former Longview Lobo played 1,382 minutes and helped to record four clean sheets for LeTourneau.
“I am so proud of this group of guys. Their hard work and unselfish play this season is a testament to their commitment to this team and this program,” said head coach Matt Haesecke. “They are all very deserving of this honor and I am pleased to see so many returners recognized by the coaches in our conference. As the lone senior, Hunter Swift will be greatly missed as he anchored our back line with consistent play all year.”
These are the first all-conference honors for all five of the YellowJackets and with four all-ASC players returning the future looks brilliant for LeTourneau men’s soccer.