Month: November 2012

Missouri Class 2 District 12 All-District Soccer Honors

ismael-serratos-springfield-sc-soccerThe 2012 All-District Team for District 12 Class 2 schools has been announced. Recognition for District, Conference, Regional and State awards is done by members of the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA).

The District includes the Carl Junction Bulldogs, Carthage Tigers, Neosho Wildcats and Webb City Cardinals . The Carthage Tigers won the District title 2-1 over Neosho. They were Class 2 Finalists this year, falling to St Dominic 1-2 in the Final. It was their first trip since 2004.

Offensive MVP – Ismael Serratos, Carthage
Defensive MVP – Misael Maturino, Carthage

1st Team,,,
Misael Maturino, Carthage, Senior, DF
Victor Lopez, Carthage, Senior, MF
Victor Martin, Carthage, Sophomore, FW
Ismael Serratos, Carthage, Senior, FW
Erik Estrada, Carthage, Senior, MF
Dustin Hill, Neosho, Senior, FW
Angel Garcia, Neosho, Senior, FW
Joey Jennings, Neosho, Senior, DF
Drew Marsh, Carl Junction, Sophomore, MF
Landon Bray, Carl Junction, Junior, FW
Jimmy Campbell, Webb City, Senior, FW

Second Team,,,
Jose Alberto, Carthage, Junior, GK
Jessy Alvarado, Carthage, Sophomore, DF
Mario Zuniga, Carthage, Junior, DF
Paul Sanders, Neosho, Senior, GK
Matt Faso, Neosho, Senior, DF
Jacob Humphrey, Neosho, Sophomore, FW
Diego Maldenado, Neosho, Junior, MF
Lane Morrill, Carl Junction, Senior, MF
Arturo Nunez, Carl Junction, Senior, MF
Josiah Dinwiddie, Carl Junction, Freshman, GK
Oscar Reyes, Webb City, Sophomore, MF

Coaches – please send me your District and Conference awards at so that we can recognize your players as well.

Women’s College Cup Tonight!

Maya Hayes, Penn State Nittany Lions. Photo by Mark Selders

The 2012 NCAA Women’s College Cup kicks off tonight in San Diego, Calif. Semifinal matches are at 7:30 and 10 p.m. The national championship match of the NCAA Women’s College Cup will be played 3 p.m. on December 2nd.

Stanford are the defending champions, defeating Duke 1-0 last year.

Friday November 30
7:30 PM on ESPN3 – Penn State vs. Florida State (Semifinal #1)
Keep an eye on Maya Hayes (#5, forward) and Christine Nairn (#10, midfielder) for Penn State as well as Ines Jaurena (#2, defender) for Florida State. Each has made the short list in the Hermann Trophy voting. Details on FAN VOTING below.

The Nittany Lions will be appearing in the Women’s College Cup for the first time since 2005. Senior midfielder Christine Nairn (Arnold, Md.) scored the game winning goal on a penalty kick in the 13th minute. She leads the team with 16 goals and 11 assists from her central position, while Hayes (15) and #16 Mallory Weber (13) give the Lions three proven scorers.

The Seminoles are back in the College Cup for the second year in a row and sixth time in school history. Tiffany McCarty (#14, forward) and Jessica Price (#6, ) are no strangers to facing Penn State as the two Seminole seniors have combined for nine career points in two games against the Nittany Lions. McCarty is the teams leading scorer, with 16 goals and 5 assists. Price is the assist leader with 10, to go with two goals.

10:00 PM on ESPNU – North Carolina vs. Stanford (Semifinal #2)
This game features four Hermann Trophy candidates, two for each team. Crystal Dunn (#19, forward) and Kealia Ohai (#7, forward) for North Carolina as well as Rachel Quon (#11, defender) and Alina Garciamendez (#4, defender) for Stanford. Carolina is the only non-No. 1 seed to advance to the NCAA College Cup. Crystal Dunn scored both goals for the Tar Heels in their win over #1 seed BYU, sending them to the Cup. Kealia Ohai assisting on both goals

Keep an eye on Chioma Ubogagu (#9, forward) for Stanford, you may remember her dynamic play from the U20 World Championships. She has 5 goals and 11 assists, second behind Courtney Verloo (#5, forward) who leads the Cardinals with 10 goals and 11 assists.

Stanford has never beaten the Tar Heels, and one might surmise that the only way the Cardinal can be deemed as one of the great programs of all-time would be to go through the 21-time national champion. North Carolina holds an 8-0-3 series lead, though the past three meetings have included two draws. In fact, Stanford had never led at any point in any match against UNC until their most recent meeting, when Christen Press scored in the 32nd minute (off an assist by current redshirt junior Courtney Verloo) on Aug. 27, 2010 in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels came back twice, including after Teresa Noyola’s goal gave Stanford a 2-1 lead in the 60th minute, to complete a 2-2 draw.

North Carolina returns this season to the College Cup for the first time since 2009. It marks the 26th NCAA College Cup appearance for Carolina in the 31-year history of the tournament. The team has seven players who reached double-digits in points and four of them have seven goals, tied for the team lead, including Ohai. A balanced attack for taking on the Cardinals.

Sunday December 2
1:00 pm on ESPNU – Penn State vs. Florida State (Semifinal #1) will be re-broadcast
3:00 pm on ESPNU – NCAA Women’s College Cup Final presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car

The MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top male and female college player each year, has added a Fan Vote this year.


NCAA D2/D3 Championships – Live Stream

ncaa-soccerFor fans of the college game, the NCAA Division II and Division III Championships are being determined this weekend. All of the games are available via live streaming at You can also download an NCAA iPhone/iPad app for viewing the games.

I’ll update this story with results and related information so come back to stay up-to-date. All games can also be found in the Soccer on TV calender in the footer of this website.

Thursday November 29th

Men’s Division II semifinals
Mercyhurst fell to Lynn 1-4
1:00 pm – Saginaw Valley vs. Simon Fraser

Women’s Division II semifinals
4:00 pm – UC San Diego vs. Grand Valley St.
7:00 p.m. – St. Rose vs. West Fla.

Friday November 30th

Men’s Division III semifinals
11:00 am – Loras vs. Messiah
1:30 pm – Ohio Northern vs. Williams

Women’s Division III semifinals
5:00 pm – Emory vs. Wheaton (IL)
7:30 pm – Messiah vs. Misericordia

Saturday December 1st

Men’s Divison II Championship
11:00 am – Lynn University (FL) vs TBD

Men’s Division III Championship
1:30 pm – TBD

Women’s Division II Championship
2:00 pm – TBD

Women’s Division III Championship
5:30 pm – TBD


Caleb Collier Named Academic All-American

caleb-collier-missouri-sandt-soccerSenior defender Caleb Collier (Springfield, Mo./Kickapoo) was selected to the All-America squad for his work in the classroom, which are afforded to student-athletes with at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at their institution as well as for their play on the field. Collier was a third team choice and was joined by his teammate Adam Stensland.

Collier, a mechanical engineering major, assisted on two goals this season from his wing back position. He is a two year starter in that role, starting all 14 games he played in this season while starting 16 of 17 games in 2011.

With 18 starts in 20 games as a sophomore, when the team reached the NCAA 2nd round, losing to eventual national champion Northern Kentucky, Collier had 48 starts in three years. Add in an NCAA campaign and a two-time District Academic honors to go with the All-American recognition this year. I can’t believe the kid’s already completed his career at Rolla (my alma mater as well). Well done Caleb!

The duo was part of a Miner defensive unit held its opponents to just 13 goals in 16 games this season as S&T posted nine shutouts and the fifth-best save percentage in the NCAA Division II ranks.


Southwest Missouri Class 1 All-Region Soccer Honors

Eddie Aceves and Luis Gonzalez, Monett Cubs
The Southwest Missouri All-Region team for Class 1 has been announced. The Region includes Districts 9, 10, 11 and 12 encompassing 18 teams. Voting is done by the Coaches. Recognition for Conference, Regional and State awards is done by members of the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA). The Springfield Catholic Fighting Irish represented the Region at the Final 4 while going on to earn their second straight Class 1 title. District winners included the Crocker Lions (9), Sacred Heart Gremlins (10) and Monett Cubs (12).

Player of the Year – Mitchell Moncada
Offensive Player of the Year – Robbie Mueller
Co-Defensive Player of the Year – Danny Renner
Co-Defensive Player of the Year – Garrett Strange
Goal Keeper of the Year – James Straus
Coach of the Year – Tom Guinn

Position,Player,,Year ,,School
MF,Brock Nolting,,SO,,Stover
MF,Jordan French,,JR,,Stover
GK,Evan Loyd,,SR,,Greenwood
F,Nick Hogan,,JR,,Greenwood
GK,Rich Heenan,,SR,,Crocker
F,Devyn Hair,,SO,,Crocker
MF,Eddie Aceves,,JR,,Monett
MF,Luis Gonzalez,,SR,,Monett
MF / F,Brandon Cooper,,SO,,Sacred Heart
Def,Garrett Strange,,SO,,Sacred Heart
F,Jimmy Villalobos,,JR,,Sacred Heart
F,Robbie Mueller,,SR,,Osage
Def,Jon Colgan,,SR,,Osage
F,Mitch Moncada,,SR,,Springfield Catholic
MF / F,Evan Craig,,SR,,Springfield Catholic
GK,James Straus,,SR,,Springfield Catholic
MF,Ryan Randell,,JR,,Springfield Catholic
Def,Danny Renner,,SR,,Springfield Catholic
MF / F,Reilly Harbach,,JR,,Springfield Catholic

Participating schools in order of District finish (top two) and seed (others)
District 9 – Crocker, Osage, Laquey, Richland
District 10 – Sacred Heart, Stover, Smithton, Cole Camp, Green Ridge
District 11 – Springfield Catholic, Greenwood, New Covenant, Fair Grove
District 12 – Monett, Cassville, College Heights, Aurora, Thomas Jefferson