Clarksville, Ark.-Four U of O men?s soccer players were named to the All-Conference Team after a vote of the league?s head coaches, it was announced Tuesday by American Southwest Conference Media Relations Director Jimmy Glenn.
Sophomore defender Travis Leach and senior midfielder Eloy Salgado were named to the All-Conference Second Team. Junior defender Shaun Keane and sophomore goalkeeper Austin Benner received Honorable Mention All-Conference.
Leach, a 5-11, 165-pound native of Denton, Texas, started in all 19 matches in the back for the Eagles. In addition to his stellar defensive play, Leach was an offensive threat scoring three goals and tallying one assist. He took 21 shots during the season. He has started in 33 career matches. He made the ASC All-Academic Team this year.
Salgado, a 5-foot-7, 135-pound native of Mansfield, Texas, started in all 19 matches and ranked among the ASC’s top-10 in five different categories. He finished third in the ASC in shots (52), fourth in shots per game (2.89), seventh in points (17), second in assists (7) and fifth in assists per game (.39). He was the team-leader in shots, while finishing second in assists, points and goals. Salgado finished his career with 14 goals and 13 assists. He was an All-Conference performer in 2011.
Keane, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound native of Rockwall, Texas, started in 18 matches and was fifth in the ASC in goals (7) and eighth in goals per game (.41). The versatile Keane collected 34 shots and tied for the team-lead in goals. He had two assists and one game-winning goal. Keane has been an All-Conference player in each of his three seasons at Ozarks.
Benner, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound native of Allen, Texas, led the ASC in saves (90) and ranked sixth in goals against average (1.50), third in shutouts (4) and sixth in saves percentage (.763). Benner had a season-high 12 saves against Berry College and finished with a 7-6-5 record. He made the ASC All-Academic Team this year.