ST. LOUIS – Creighton, the nation’s top-ranked team in the NCAA’s RPI report and the 2nd-ranked team in the NSCAA national rankings, has claimed the league’s top individual honor, with the Bluejays’ senior forward Ethan Finlay taking the league’s Player of the Year honors. Creighton’s Andrew Duran has been tabbed the Valley’s Defensive Player of the Year, while Bluejay senior Brian Holt has been named the Goalkeeper of the Year. Finlay, Duran and Holt headline a list of 23 student-athletes named to the 2011 MVC All-Conference teams, selected by the coaches, and announced by the league office Thursday. The all-conference teams will be recognized at an awards reception tonight in Omaha, Neb.
Eight Missouri State men’s soccer players were named to all-conference teams announced at the annual banquet held prior to the State Farm MVC Men’s Soccer Championship on Thursday evening. Senior forward Heath Melugin highlighted the Bears award winners after being named to the All-MVC first team for the first time in his career.
All five seniors were placed on an all-conference squad as Thomas Vania was named to the second team, while Gerard Barbero, David Buckenheimer and Jordan Hoffman received honorable mention recognition. Three Bears were named to the MVC All-Freshman team including James Fawke, Parker Maher and Andrew Turner.
Melugin has continued his impressive career on and off the field during his senior campaign. The Springfield, Mo. native earned one MVC Offensive Player of the Week honor, two Prairie Farms/MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week awards, and was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District VI first team. Throughout league play, he ranked among the MVC’s best in several categories as he was tied for the conference-lead in points (8), goals (3) and game-winning goals (2) heading into the postseason. On the year, the preseason All-MVC selection led the Bears in points, goals, shots, shots on goal and game-winners. With his performances this season, Melugin now ranks fifth on MSU’s career list for game-winners (7), seventh in goals (21) and ninth in points (51).
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|2011 MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE|
|Name||School||Pos.||Yr.||Hometown (Previous School)|
|#%Brian Holt||Creighton||GK||Sr.||Omaha, Neb. (Creighton Prep)|
|Andrew Duran||Creighton||D||Sr.||Mokena, Ill. (Lincoln-Way East)|
|#&Tyler Polak||Creighton||D||So.||Lincoln, Neb. (Bradenton Prep)|
|Ryan Wilhelm||SIUE||D||Sr.||St. Louis, Mo. (CBC)|
|^Greg Jordan||Creighton||MF||Sr.||Naperville, Ill. (Central)|
|Matt Kuhn||Drake||MF||Sr.||Raytown, Mo. (Raytown South)|
|Christian Meza||Bradley||MF||Sr.||Carpentersville, Ill. (Dundee-Crown)|
|*Charlie Schwartz||Drake||MF||Sr.||Bettendorf, Iowa (Bettendorf)|
|^@Ethan Finlay||Creighton||F||Sr.||Marshfield, Wis. (Marshfield)|
|^!Bryan Gaul||Bradley||F||Sr.||Naperville, Ill. (Neuqua Valley)|
|#Heath Melugin||Missouri State||F||Sr.||Springfield, Mo. (Kickapoo)|
|^First-team selection in 2010; #Second-team in 2010; *HM in 2010; @First-team in 2009; %Second-team in 2009; !HM in 2009|
For the full list of 2nd Team, Honorable Mention and Full Freshman squad, click here