Cowboys Picked Second; Coffin Named Preseason Player of the Year

Cowboys Picked Second; Coffin Named Preseason Player of the Year
ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' men's soccer team was picked to finish second in the preseason poll of American Southwest Conference coaches and sports information directors.

The Cowboys have won the league title each of the last two seasons. The Cowboys return just three starters from last season's championship game, but HSU has wealth of experience including two talented forwards Rowan Meyer and Colyn Moore who tore ACLs during the season a year ago and Laurent Maksoud who missed the season with a broken foot. All three were starters during the 2013 title run.

Junior goalkeeper Michael Vargas is back after two solid campaigns. Dustin Beal and Tanner Coffin lead a stingy defense and both are four-year starters. Coffin was named the preseason defensive player of the year in the ASC. All three were named to the preseason watch list. 

Texas Dallas has been picked as the conference champion. The Cowboys beat the Comets 2-0 in the ASC Championship a year ago in Richardson and the two teams went 1-1-1 in three meetings a year ago.

UTD received 14 of 20 first place votes and 193 poll points. HSU was second with six first-place votes and 182 points. HSU went 9-5-2 a year ago.

UT-Tyler was a distant third in the poll followed by Mary Hardin-Baylor, Ozarks, East Texas Baptist, Howard Payne, LeTourneau, Louisiana College and Concordia.
 

ASC Men's Soccer Preseason Players of the Year

Offense: Leandro Cid Fernandez, So., MF, Texas-Tyler

Defense: Tanner Coffin, Sr., OB, Hardin-Simmons

 

ASC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll

(First-Place Votes)

Rank       Team                                          Pts.         2014 Record (ASC)

1.             Texas Dallas (14)                      193         14-5-3 (7-1-1)

2.             Hardin-Simmons (6)                 182         9-5-2 (5-3-0)

3.             Texas-Tyler                                143         8-5-4 (4-3-2)

4.             Mary Hardin-Baylor                 126         8-7-3 (4-2-3)

5.             Ozarks                                        121         10-8-2 (5-3-1)

6.             East Texas Baptist                     79           5-7-2 (4-5-0)

7.             Howard Payne                          72           5-10-1 (4-4-1)

8.             LeTourneau                              62           4-11-2 (2-5-2)

9.             Louisiana College                     55           6-9-4 (1-4-3)

10.          Concordia Texas                       44           5-9-3 (0-6-3)

                Belhaven#                                                 11-6-0 (NAIA)

                McMurry%                                                6-8-0 (0-0-0)

# Ineligible for 2015 ASC Championship/NCAA Tournament (NCAA Div. III Reclassifying/Provisional Member)

% Ineligible for 2015 ASC Championship/NCAA Tournament (NCAA Div. III Reclassifying)

 

ASC Men's Soccer Preseason Watch List

2014 All-Conference Selection*

Name

Cl.

Pos.

Team

Alejandro Labastida*

So.

F

Concordia Texas

Adrian Sanchez

So.

MF

Concordia Texas

Nick Martin

Sr.

GK

Concordia Texas

Gustavo Vasquez*

Jr.

MF

East Texas Baptist

Justin Adams

Sr.

F

East Texas Baptist

Jordan Burke

So.

D

East Texas Baptist

Dustin Beal

Sr.

CB

Hardin-Simmons

Tanner Coffin*

Sr.

OB

Hardin-Simmons

Michael Vargas*

Jr.

GK

Hardin-Simmons

Shay Pate*

Sr.

F

Howard Payne

Allan Chehadi

Sr.

GK

Howard Payne

Alex Sanchez

Jr.

D

Howard Payne

Raul Saldana

Jr.

MF

LeTourneau

Xavier Scarlett

Sr.

D

LeTourneau

Miguel Cabrera*

Jr.

GK

LeTourneau

Boneco Bazil*

So.

MF

Louisiana College

Nick Luneau

Sr.

CB

Louisiana College

Nathan Gautreaux

So.

GK

Louisiana College

Ben Hammonds*

Sr.

MF

Mary Hardin-Baylor

McKenna Cook

Jr.

F

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Logan Keeler

So.

D

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Thomas Mills*

So.

F

Ozarks

Travis Leach*

Sr.

D

Ozarks

Austin Benner*

Sr.

GK

Ozarks

Danny Meyer*

So.

MF

Texas Dallas

Connor Crabtree*

Jr.

MF

Texas Dallas

Joseph Weber*

Jr.

GK

Texas Dallas

Leandro Cid Fernandez

So.

MF

Texas-Tyler

Trevor Self*

Sr.

D

Texas-Tyler

Austin Fletcher

Sr.

D

Texas-Tyler

 

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