ROLLA, Mo. – Missouri S&T’s men’s soccer team has landed the first All-America selections in the history of the program as two members of the 2010 Miner team that reached the regional finals are members of this year’s Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America squad.
Sophomore defender Spencer Brinkmeyer was selected to the third team on the All-America squad, while junior goalkeeper Pat McNamee was named honorable mention. Both players were integral members of a defensive unit that was one of the nation’s best during the recent year.
Brinkmeyer served as a center back for a defensive group that led the Miners to a number of high national rankings in their categories in 2010. As a team, Missouri S&T is currently ranked third in shutout percentage, fourth in save percentage (86.7 percent) and 11th in goals against average as a team at 0.69 at the Division II level.
In addition, Brinkmeyer also scored four times during the season and added two assists; three of his four goals were game-winners.
McNamee, who was named as the Great Lakes Valley Conference’s “Defensive Player of the Year” for 2010, finished the season with a 0.67 goals against average in 1,484 minutes of action and recorded a S&T single season record nine shutouts – the team finished with 11 shutouts to set a new standard as well. McNamee also finished the year with 60 saves in the 16 games he appeared in and is currently ranked eighth in goals against average and 12th in save percentage on the national level.
Missouri S&T won a share of the GLVC regular season title this season and earned its first berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament, where it fell in the Midwest Regional championship game to a Northern Kentucky team that reached the final four. It ended the year with a record of 11-6-3 and was ranked No. 21 in the NSCAA national rankings heading into the NCAA Tournament; the final poll will be released Dec. 14.