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American Southwest Conference Men's Soccer Preseason Poll/Awards Announced

Published On: Aug 19 2013 01:52:56 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 19 2013 01:53:18 PM CDT
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RICHARDSON, Texas -

Mississippi College has been predicted to win its second straight American Southwest Conference men's soccer championship, it was announced by the conference office on Monday (Aug. 19) after a vote of the league's 11 head coaches and sports information directors. Taking 2013 preseason player of the year honors were Texas-Dallas' Michael Darrow and Texas-Tyler's Enoch Shipman.

Mississippi College, which went 13-5-3 overall (11-1-0 ASC) and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Soccer Championship last season, totaled 229 points and 15 of the 22 possible first-place votes to be the favorite in the annual preseason poll. Head coach Kevin Johns' Choctaws led the league with 52 goals last season – 12 more than any other team – en route to their first ASC title.

Two-time conference champion Texas-Dallas, which went 12-5-1 overall (10-2-0 ASC) last season, was picked as the runner-up with 209 points and five first-place votes. The Comets will be under the direction of first-year head coach Jason Hirsch, who takes over for the retired Jack Peel. UTD reached the league title game last season.

Three-time ASC champion Texas-Tyler (11-6-1, 8-3-1 ASC) was predicted for a third-place finish with 205 points. Mary Hardin-Baylor (10-6-1, 8-3-1 ASC) received 180 points to land in the fourth-place spot. Hardin-Simmons (10-6-2, 7-4-1 ASC) had 164 points and picked up the remaining two first-place votes to be in the fifth position. HSU has won a record seven conference titles. Louisiana College (7-8-2, 4-6-2 ASC) had 118 points to round out what would be the league's six teams to qualify for the ASC Championship Tournament.

East Texas Baptist had 88 points to be the seventh-place pick. 2003 ASC champion Ozarks (83 pts.) was eighth, followed by Concordia Texas (71 pts.), Howard Payne (62 pts.) and LeTourneau (44 pts.).

Darrow (Plano, Texas / Plano Senior HS), a 6-foot-3 senior forward, was named ASC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year after leading the league with 41 points – including a Texas-Dallas single-season record of 19 goals – last season. He found the back of the net nine more times than anyone else and took ASC offensive player of the year honors.

Shipman (Lindale, Texas / LHS), a 5-foot-10 senior defender, was named ASC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year after spearheading a unit that allowed just 16 goals – ranking best in the league – and produced seven shutouts. He also added three goals.

Darrow and Shipman were both first team all-ASC selections last year.

The 2013 ASC season – the 18th in league history – begins as early as Aug. 30. The six-team, single elimination conference tournament is slated for Nov. 7-10 – with an off day on Nov. 9 – at the site of the regular season champion. An automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship will be on the line.

NOTES: In addition to Hirsch, new head coaches in the conference are Concordia Texas' Corey Miller and East Texas Baptist's Paul Grant. . . . Schreiner (8-10-0, 7-5-0 ASC) and Texas Lutheran (6-8-2, 4-6-2 ASC) are no longer members of the conference . . . . To talk about ASC Soccer on Twitter this season, use the hashtag: #ASCsoccer.


2013 ASC PRESEASON MEN'S SOCCER POLL
[Voted on by ASC Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors]

        Team (first place votes)        Points  2012 Record
1       Mississippi College (15)        229     13-5-3, 11-1-0 ASC (1st)
2       Texas-Dallas (5)        209     12-5-1, 10-2-0 ASC (2nd)
3       Texas-Tyler     205     11-6-1, 8-3-1 ASC (T3rd)
4       Mary Hardin-Baylor      180     10-6-1, 8-3-1 ASC (T3rd)
5       Hardin-Simmons (2)      164     10-6-2, 7-4-1 ASC (5th)
6       Louisiana College       118     7-8-2, 4-6-2 ASC (T7th)
7       East Texas Baptist      88      4-10-1, 3-8-1 ASC (10th)
8       Ozarks  83      4-10-1, 4-8-0 ASC (9th)
9       Concordia Texas         71      4-12-1, 3-9-0 ASC (11th)
10      Howard Payne    62      4-10-2, 2-9-1 ASC (T12th)
11      LeTourneau      44      3-13-1, 2-9-1 ASC (T12th)
* Schreiner (8-10-0, 7-5-0 ASC) and Texas Lutheran (6-8-2, 4-6-2 ASC) are no longer members of the conference.


2013 ASC PRESEASON MEN'S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
[Voted on by ASC Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors]

Offensive       Michael Darrow, F, Sr., Texas-Dallas
Defensive       Enoch Shipman, D, Sr., Texas-Tyler


ALL-TIME ASC MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONS

Conference
2012    Mississippi College
2011    Texas-Tyler
2010    Texas-Tyler
2009    Hardin-Simmons
2008    Texas-Tyler
2007    Texas-Dallas
2006    Hardin-Simmons
2005    Hardin-Simmons
2004    Texas-Dallas
2003    Ozarks
2002    Texas Lutheran
2001    Hardin-Simmons
2000    Hardin-Simmons
1999    Hardin-Simmons
1998    Hardin-Simmons
1997    Austin College
1996    Austin College

Regular Season
2012    Mississippi College
2011    Texas-Tyler
2010    Texas-Tyler
2009    Mary Hardin-Baylor
2008    Texas-Tyler
2007    Ozarks
2006    Texas-Tyler
2005    Texas-Tyler
2004    Texas-Dallas
2003    none
2002    none
2001    none
2000    none
1999    none
1998    none
1997    none
1996    none

East Division
2012    none
2011    none
2010    none
2009    none
2008    none
2007    none
2006    none
2005    none
2004    none
2003    Texas-Tyler
2002    Texas-Dallas
2001    Ozarks
2000    East Texas Baptist
1999    East Texas Baptist
1998    LeTourneau
1997    none
1996    none

West Division
2012    none
2011    none
2010    none
2009    none
2008    none
2007    none
2006    none
2005    none
2004    none
2003    McMurry
2002    Texas Lutheran
2001    Texas Lutheran / Texas-Dallas
2000    Hardin-Simmons
1999    Texas-Dallas
1998    Hardin-Simmons
1997    none
1996    none

Information provided by HSU athletics department.