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LeTourneau University – Soccer

RICHARDSON, Texas – The LeTourneau University men’s soccer team has been picked 11th in the 2017 American Southwest Conference men’s soccer preseason poll after a vote of the league’s head coaches and sports information directors, the ASC office announced Wednesday (Aug. 16). Miguel Cabrera, Alan Flores, and Israel Madrid were all named to the ASC players to watch list.

LETU picked up a total of 77 points while the University of Texas at Dallas has been picked to win the conference by taking a total of 276 points and 16 out of a possible 24 first-place votes. Following the Comets was Hardin-Simmons (240 points, two first-place votes), the University of Texas Tyler (236 points, four first-place votes), Mary Hardin-Baylor (225 points) and Concordia Texas (193 points) rounding out the top five. Ozarks picked up one first-place vote to be picked to finish sixth with 145 points followed by Belhaven (139 points), East Texas Baptist (131 points), McMurry (87 points), and Howard Payne (86 points). Louisiana College rounded out the poll in 12th after receiving one first-place vote and finishing with 37 points. McMurry and Belhaven are ineligible for the 2017 ASC Championship and NCAA Tournament this year due to NCAA Division III Reclassifying.

In other preseason honors, the University of Texas at Tyler senior midfielder Leo Cid-Fernandez and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor junior defender Caleb Vandergriff were named the ASC Offensive and Defensive Preseason Players of the Year, respectively.

Cid-Fernandez is the reigning ASC Offensive Player of the Year and Midfielder of the Year. The Cordoba, Argentina product led the league with 31 points on 12 goals and seven assists. They also named Fernandez to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-West Region Second Team.

Vandergriff, from Georgetown, Texas, was an All-ASC First Team selection last year and was the Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2015. He started all 18 games for the Cru last season, recording a goal and an assist, and contributing to seven shutouts. Vandergriff was an NSCAA All-West Region First Team defender.

Thirty-five 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. Sixteen of the 33 players submitted are returning all-conference selections, six of which were All-Region picks.

The 2017 season will get underway Friday, September 1 when 11 of the 12 members take the field for their season openers.

The ASC Championship is scheduled for November 3-5 and is the site of the men’s No. 1 seed. An automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship will be on the line.

ASC Men’s Soccer Preseason Players of the Year
Offense: Leo Cid-Fernandez, Sr., M, UT Tyler
Defense: Caleb Vandergriff, Jr., D, Mary Hardin-Baylor

ASC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll
(First-Place Votes)

Rank Team (1st) Pts. 2016 Record (ASC)
1. UT Dallas (16) 276 13-5-2 (9-0-1)
2. Hardin-Simmons (2) 240 9-4-3 (7-1-2)
3. UT Tyler (4) 236 10-6-2 (4-5-1)
4. Mary Hardin-Baylor 225 11-6-1 (7-2-1)
5. Concordia Texas 193 13-4-1 (7-3)
6. Ozarks (1) 145 10-6-3 (4-4-2)
7. Belhaven# 139 8-7-1 (n/a)
8. East Texas Baptist 131 9-9 (4-6)
9. McMurry% 87 3-10-3 (2-5-3)
10. Howard Payne 86 3-9-3 (2-5-3)
11. LeTourneau 77 5-10-3 (2-7-1)
12. Louisiana College (1) 37 0-18 (0-10)

# Ineligible for 2017 ASC Championship / NCAA Tournament (NCAA Div. III Provisional)
% Ineligible for 2017 ASC Championship / NCAA Tournament (NCAA Div. III Reclassifying)

ASC Men’s Soccer Players to Watch List
2016 All-Conference Selection*

Name Cl. Pos. Team
Caleb Almanza* Sr. M Mary Hardin-Baylor
Travis Atkinson* So. D East Texas Baptist
Eric Bigon* Sr. D Concordia Texas
Roger Bonill So. M Howard Payne
Ryan Brinda* Jr. D UT Tyler
Jordan Burke Sr. D East Texas Baptist
Miguel Cabrera Sr. GK LeTourneau
Case Carnes* Sr. F Mary Hardin-Baylor
Alex Chavez Sr. GK McMurry
Nash Cole* Jr. D Concorida Texas
John Dunbar Jr. M Belhaven
Josh Erwin Jr. D McMurry
Leo Cid-Fernandez* M Sr. UT Tyler
Alan Flores Sr. D/M LeTourneau
Nathan Gautreaux Sr. GK Louisiana College
Baha Israfilov Sr. F Hardin-Simmons
Alfredo Kaegi* So. F UT Dallas
Alejandro Labastida* Sr. F Concordia Texas
Orlando Macedo Sr. M Hardin-Simmons
Israel Madrid* Sr. F LeTourneau
Danny Meyer* Sr. F UT Dallas
Tracer Moore Sr. F Howard Payne
Somto Ngwudike Sr. F Belhaven
Lucas Periera* Jr. F UT Tyler
Robert Pope Jr. M Ozarks
Brad Rivenes So. D UT Dallas
Daniel Rutter* Jr. M East Texas Baptist
Todd Ryals Sr. D Louisiana College
Collin Salyers Jr. D Howard Payne
Matt Samaniego* Jr. D Ozarks
Phay San So. M Louisiana College
Jesus Sanchez So. M McMurry
Caleb Vandergriff* Jr. D Mary Hardin-Baylor
Frane Vidosevic So. F Hardin-Simmons
Bryce Young* Sr. F Ozarks



Matt Kinney

Sports Information Director