Cowboys Picked Fifth in ASC Preseason Poll

Cowboys Picked Fifth in ASC Preseason Poll

August 21, 2019

RICHARDSON, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' men's soccer was picked to finish fifth in the American Southwest Conference preseason poll on Wednesday.

Mary Hardin-Baylor has been picked to win the 2019 American Southwest Conference men's soccer title after a vote of the league's head coaches and sports information directors, the ASC office announced Wednesday (August 21).

UT Dallas junior midfielder Jesse Ardila and senior defender Mason Anderson were named the ASC Preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively.
 
Mary Hardin-Baylor (16-4-1 / 8-2-1 ASC) recorded 274 points and 11 out of 24 possible first-place votes after claiming its second consecutive ASC Championship in 2018. The Cru, led by Brad Bankhead, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship.

UT Dallas (13-3-2 / 9-1-1 ASC) was second in the preseason poll collecting 264 points and 11 first place votes. The Comets finished won the regular season in 2018 and advanced to the finals of the ASC Championship under ASC Coach of the Year Jason Hirsch.
 
Concordia Texas (10-6-1 / 8-3 ASC) were picked third after a third-place finish last year and Ozarks  (8-8-3 / 6-4-1 ASC) were fourth in the poll with one first-place vote. Hardin-Simmons (4-11-2, 4-6-1 ASC) were fifth in the poll with one first-place vote as well.
 
Rounding out the poll were East Texas Baptist (10-6-2 / 6-3-2 ASC), LeTourneau (6-9-2 / 5-5-1 ASC), McMurry (6-8-4 / 4-5-2 ASC), Sul Ross State (2-13 / 2-9 ASC), Howard Payne (5-9 / 4-7 ASC), Belhaven (4-11-3 / 2-8-1 ASC) and Louisiana College (4-13-1 / 3-8 ASC).
 
Belhaven has completed its final year of transition into Division III athletics and will be eligible for the ASC title and selection to the NCAA Championship for the first time
 
Ardila (McKinney, Texas) was the ASC Midfielder of the Year and a United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-West Region selection. He recorded seven assists for UTD.
 
Anderson (Frisco, Texas) was the ASC Defensive Player of the Year and a Third Team All-America pick by the United Soccer Coaches. He helped the Comets limit opponents to just 13 goals in 18 contests, with only six coming in conference games. Anderson and the UTD back line posted an 0.68 goals against average and eight shutouts.
 
Thirty-six 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-one of the players submitted are returning all-conference selections with three individual award winners.
 
The 2019 season will get underway Friday, August 30 when 10 teams take the field for their season openers.

The ASC Championship is scheduled for November 5, 8 and 10. The quarterfinals will be hosted by the top four seeds with the semifinals and championship game at the overall No. 1 seed. An automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship will be on the line.

Wilson is the official soccer ball of American Southwest Conference and used by all 12 members and during the ASC Championships.

ASC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll

Rank

Team (First Place Votes)

Pts.

2018 Record (ASC)

1.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (11)

274

16-4-1 (8-2-1)

2.

UT Dallas (11)

264

13-3-2 (9-1-1)

3.

Concordia Texas

226

10-6-1 (8-3)

4.

Ozarks (1)

181

8-8-3 (6-4-1)

5.

Hardin-Simmons (1)

175

4-11-2 (4-6-1)

6.

East Texas Baptist

172

10-6-2 (6-3-2)

7.

LeTourneau

158

6-9-2 (5-5-1)

8.

McMurry

105

6-8-4 (4-5-2)

9.

Sul Ross State

99

2-13 (2-9)

10.

Howard Payne

89

5-9 (4-7)

11.

Belhaven

58

4-11-3 (2-8-1)

12.

Louisiana College

53

4-13-1 (3-8)


ASC Men's Soccer Preseason Players of the Year
Offense: Jesse Ardila, Jr., M, UT Dallas
Defense: Mason Anderson, Sr., D, UT Dallas
 
ASC Men's Soccer Players to Watch List

Name

Cl.

Pos.

Team

Hometown

Joel Abrego *

Jr.

F

Concordia Texas

Houston, Texas

Gavin Albe

Jr.

M

Louisiana College

Slidell, La.

Mason Anderson *

Sr.

D

UT Dallas

Frisco, Texas

Jesse Ardila *

Jr.

M

UT Dallas

McKinney, Texas

Juan Cairo *

So.

M

East Texas Baptist

Caracas, Venezuela

Thomas Carte

Jr.

D

Howard Payne

League City, Texas

Seth Collins

Jr.

F

Louisiana College

Greenwell Springs, La.

Luis De La Torre *

So.

M

LeTourneau

San Antonio, Texas

David Egbe

So.

D

LeTourneau

Palestine, Texas

Luis Gonzalez *

So.

F

Sul Ross State

El Paso, Texas

Jason Goodin

Sr.

M

Mary Hardin-Baylor

McKinney, Texas

Andrew Hackney *

Jr.

GK

Howard Payne

Bedford, Texas

Truman Hensley *

So.

D

Ozarks

Montgomery, Texas

Preston Hillis *

Sr.

M

Hardin-Simmons

Irving, Texas

Caleb Leyva *

So.

GK

LeTourneau

Fontana, Calif.

Jacob Lopez *

Jr.

D

East Texas Baptist

Joshua, Texas

Max Maguire

Sr.

F

Belhaven

Stevenage, England

Andres Martinez

So.

F

McMurry

Horizon City, Texas

Javi Mejia

Sr.

F

McMurry

Azle, Texas

Jovi Munoz *

So.

F

UT Dallas

Arlington, Texas

Jose Luis Origanales *

So.

D

Sul Ross State

El Paso, Texas

Max Ponticorvo

Sr.

M

East Texas Baptist

The Woodlands, Texas

Nathan Ratzlaff

Sr.

F

Belhaven

Youngsville, La.

Patrick Roach *

So.

F

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Kingwood, Texas

Frank Rodriguez *

Sr.

GK

Sul Ross State

El Paso, Texas

Joshua Rodriguez

Sr.

M

Howard Payne

Austin, Texas

Jason Saco-Vertiz *

Sr.

M

Concordia Texas

Dallas, Texas

Jesus Sanchez

Sr.

M

McMurry

El Paso, Texas

Richard Souffrant *

Jr.

M

Ozarks

Tabarre, Haiti

Daniel Valadez *

Sr.

D

Concordia Texas

Austin, Texas

Logan Valestin *

Jr.

GK

Ozarks

Bryant, Ark.

Frane Vidosevic

Sr.

M

Hardin-Simmons

Zagreb, Croatia

Nick Villanueva *

So.

M

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Austin, Texas

Tyler White

Sr.

D

Belhaven

Brandon, Miss.

Charles Williams

Jr.

D

Louisiana College

Opelousas, La.

Austin Wills *

So.

M

Hardin-Simmons

Flower Mound, Texas

2018 All-Conference Selection*

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