Clarksville, Ark.-U of O junior forward Ricky Herrera was named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-America Soccer All-District VI First Team, announced last week by the Verizon District VI coordinator.
Herrera, a 5-10, 150-pound native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, led the American Southwest Conference in goals with 14. He ranked second in the ASC in goals per game (.78) and third in points (30) and points per game (1.67). He also had three game winning goals ranking him third in the conference. Herrera has earned ASC All-East division first team honors for two seasons and was the 2002 ASC East Division Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. He was ASC East Division Freshman Offensive Player of the Year in 2000. Herrea has led the Eagles to three consecutive ASC tournament appearances. Herrera, a Business Administration major, was an ASC All-Academic honoree in 2001. Herrera will have his nomination forwarded to the national ballot, from which student-athletes will be selected as Verizon Academic All-Americans. The Verizon Academic All-District VI Men’s Soccer Team for the college division recognizes outstanding NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and NAIA student-athletes from the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. To be eligible for Verizon Academic All-America honors, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career.