RICHARDSON, Texas -

Hardin-Simmons’ men’s soccer team has been picked to repeat as American Southwest Conference champions in a vote of the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

The Cowboys won the regular-season title in the league a year ago with a 6-0-4 record and then won the ASC Tournament as well. HSU allowed only one goal in the 10 conference games.

HSU returns a bevy of talent with 25 returning lettermen 11 seniors and 10 returning starters plus three more former starters that missed most or all of last season.

“We have a deep team with a lot of competition at every position, that is making us better as a team,” said HSU head coach Dan Heger. “I think the preseason poll is more of an indication on what you did last year, this is a new team.”

The Cowboys had three senior midfielders -- Matt Pitcock, who missed last season with knee surgery, John Paul Lowenthal and Taylor Jackson – named to the players to watch list.

Colyn Moore is the team’s leading scored from a year ago with 10 goals and Pitcock led the league in assists in 2012.

The Cowboys received 13 of the 20 first-place votes in the poll and outdistanced Texas-Tyler 187-179 in the poll. Texas-Dallas was picked third, Louisiana College fourth, Mary Hardin-Baylor fifth and East Texas Baptist sixth. The final four teams were Ozarks, Concordia, LeTourneau and Howard Payne.

HSU opens the season on Aug. 29 at Lubbock Christian.

ASC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll

Rank

Team

Pts.

2013 Record

1.

Hardin-Simmons (13)

187

11-4-5/6-0-4

2.

Texas-Tyler (4)

179

10-3-5/7-2-1

3.

Texas Dallas (2)

168

12-1-6/5-1-4

4.

Louisiana College (1)

125

10-9-1/6-3-1

5.

Mary Hardin-Baylor

123

5-9-2/3-5-2

6.

East Texas Baptist

93

4-8-2/3-5-2

7.

Ozarks

82

7-7-5/2-4-4

8.

Concordia Texas

57

2-10-2/2-6-1

9.

LeTourneau

55

5-13-1/3-7-0

10.

Howard Payne

30

1-17-0/0-10-0

(First-Place Votes)
 
ASC Men's Soccer Players to Watch List
2013 All-Conference Selection*

Name

Cl.

Pos.

Team

Marshall Tucker*

Jr.

MF

Concordia Texas

Matt Butler

Jr.

F

Concordia Texas

Nick Martin

Jr.

GK

Concordia Texas

Christian Garcia*

Sr.

MF

East Texas Baptist

Gustavo Vasquez

So.

D

East Texas Baptist

Justin Adams*

Jr.

D

East Texas Baptist

Matt Pitcock

Sr.

MF

Hardin-Simmons

John Paul Lowenthal*

Sr.

MF

Hardin-Simmons

Taylor Jackson*

Sr.

MF

Hardin-Simmons

Shay Pate

Jr.

F

Howard Payne

Kevin Ruiz

Sr.

MF

Howard Payne

Allan Chehadi

Jr.

GK

Howard Payne

Adam Schultz

So.

F

LeTourneau

Mario Lopez

Jr.

MF

LeTourneau

Xavier Scarlett*

Jr.

D

LeTourneau

Rodrigo Neves*

So.

F

Louisiana College

Pedro Silva

So.

F

Louisiana College

Renato Neves

Sr.

MF

Louisiana College

Nate Fagnant

Jr.

F

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Colby Case

Jr.

MF

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Ben Hammonds

So.

MF

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Shaun Keane

Sr.

MF/F

Ozarks

Travis Leach*

Jr.

D/CB

Ozarks

Austin Benner

Jr.

GK

Ozarks

Omar Jaroun*

Sr.

MF

Texas Dallas

Michael Matthews

Jr.

F

Texas Dallas

Dalton McFarling*

Sr.

D

Texas Dallas

Alonso Rivera

Sr.

F

Texas-Tyler

Brandon Severyn

So.

D

Texas-Tyler

Austin Fletcher

Jr.

D

Texas-Tyler

 

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