Clarksville, Ark.-Six University of the Ozarks men's soccer players were honored with American Southwest Conference awards, it was announced on Tuesday after a vote of the league's head coaches.
Junior forward Eloy Salgado earned All-ASC First Team honors. Senior defender Logan Hornback made the All-ASC Second Team, while senior forward Tony Santoro, freshman midfielder Shaun Keane and senior goalkeeper Neil Thompson were named to the All-ASC Honorable Mention Team. Senior midfielder Tanner Holman was named the ASC Co-Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year.
Salgado, a 5-foot-7, 135-pound native of Mansfield, Texas, made an immediate impact in his first season with Ozarks. Salgado ranked among the ASC’s top-10 in shots (54-8th), points (24-5th), points per game (1.33-6th), goals (9-5th), goals per game (.50-5th), assists (6-6th) and assists per game (.33-9th). Salgado led the team in all the aforementioned categories and shots on goal (29). He also scored one game-winning goal and had one penalty kick. Salgado scored in seven on the Eagles 18 matches and had a pair of two-goal performances. He had a goal and assist against Hendrix College, Hardin-Simmons and Texas Lutheran. He bettered that against McMurry when he scored twice and added an assist. He earned ASC Offensive Player of the Week once this season.
Hornback, a 6-foot-1, 150-pound native of Arlington, Texas, started in all 18 matches and played the most minutes on the team as a defensive specialist. A team captain, Hornback spearheaded a defensive unit that recorded three shutouts. Hornback punched in two goals from his defensive spot and totaled 14 shots. Hornback finished his career starting in 55 straight matches for Ozarks and played in 63 games over his four-year career. He is a two-time All-Conference performer.
Santoro, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound native of Houston, Texas, started in all 18 matches and scored six goals and recorded one assist. Santoro ranked second on the team in shots (44) and third in goals. He had one game-winning goal. He posted a pair of two goal performances during the season and had a goal and an assist against East Texas Baptist University. He finishes his career with 14 assists, tenth-most at Ozarks. He is a two-time All-Conference performer.
Keane, a 5-11, 150-pound native of Rockwall, Texas, started in 17 matches and scored two goals and had two assists in his rookie season. Keane recorded 19 shots, 11 of which were on frame. He also had one game-winning goal.
Thompson, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound native of Ovilla, Texas, finished ninth in the ASC in goals against average (1.99), second in saves (80), seventh in saves per game (4.44) and seventh in shutouts (3). He had a season-high ten saves against Concordia and posted a shutout against nationally-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor. He ranks third at Ozarks in career saves (220), minutes played (4625:25), wins (20) and shutouts (10). He ranks fifth at Ozarks in career GAA with a 1.77 average.
Holman, a native of Mesquite, Texas, shared the Sportsmanship award with Concordia’s Chase Michalak. Holman started in 18 matches and registered two goals and one assist.