Clarksville, Ark.-Seven U of O men's soccer players received American Southwest Conference honors, recently announced by the league office.
Senior defender Aaron Coats and senior midfielder Will Masterson along with junior forward Ricky Herrera and sophomore goalkeeper Chris Schultz were named to the All-ASC squad. Freshman forward Ron Hogsett was named the ASC East Division Offensive Freshman of the Year. Hogsett, Coats, Masterson, Herrera and Schultz earned a spot on the ASC All-East Division first team. Sophomore midfielder Daniel Faires was named to the ASC All-East Division Second Team and freshman defender Lars Nyberg received ASC All-East Division Honorable Mention. Coats, a 5-10, 155-pound native of Boise, Idaho, is a three-time member of the ASC All-East Division First Team and was the ASC East Division Defensive Player of the Year last season. Masterson, a 5-7, 135-pound native of Georgetown, Texas, led the conference in assists (11) and ranked third in the conference in shots (56). Masterson is a two-time ASC All-East Division First Team member. Herrera, a 5-10, 150-pound native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, led the conference in goals (14) and ranked second in points (30). Herrera has been named to the All-ASC team two times and the ASC All-East Division First Team three times. Herrera was the 2002 ASC East Division Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Schultz, a 5-10, 150-pound native of Coppell, Texas, led the conference in shutouts (10) and was second in goals against average (1.09). Schultz was the ASC East Division Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2001. Hogsett, a 5-7, 150-pound native of McKinney, Texas, led the conference in points (31) and was second in goals (13) and game winning goals (4). Faires, a 5-10, 175-pound native of Springdale, was an ASC All-East Division First Team member last season and earned ASC East Division Offensive Freshman of the Year. Nyberg, a 6-4, 180-pound native of Georgetown, Texas, started in 18 matches this season. The Eagles finished the season with another banner offensive year, finishing second in the conference in shots (341), points (155), goals (55) and assists (42). The Eagles set new school records for fewest goals allowed (21), most shutouts (10) and most consecutive shutouts (5). Ozarks (13-7-0, 8-4-0) made the conference playoffs for the third consecutive season.