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November 26, 2013

NSU leads with 9 All-Region performers

NSU women's soccer lands All-Region nods

Northeastern State had a region-best nine players named to the 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer All-Central Region Teams, it was announced Monday.

Junior midfielder Jordan Schmoker and junior defenders Eric Crawford and Terence Smith were all named to the Daktronics All-Central Region First Team. Those named to the Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team were junior defender Adam Schmoker, junior forward Juan Peralta, sophomore forwards Joel Mendoza and Brandon Carter, and sophomore midfielders Crosby Lee and Paul Samia.

Jordan Schmoker, the nation’s leader in assists per game (0.87), set a school record for most helpers in a single season. His 23 career assists (in just two seasons) are tied for the most in school history. He also scored four goals and finished second on the team and fifth in the MIAA with 21 points.

Crawford and Smith helped lead a backline that set the school record for fewest goals allowed in a single season (19) for the second-straight year. Crawford is now a four-time first team all-region performer and was also named a 2012 NSCAA Third-Team All-American. Smith collected his third-career first team all-region accolade.

Adam Schmoker was the top outside back on one of the most elite defensive units in the nation. He also scored three goals and started all 17 matches.

Peralta, a returning Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention, now owns three first-team all-region awards in his career. He led NSU with nine goals and 22 points this season. He finished fourth in the MIAA in goals and fifth in points. He already has the fourth-most goals in a career at NSU (28).

Carter had a pair of game-winning goals in 2013 and finished with four goals and nine points playing primarily as a reserve.

Mendoza was a Daktronics All-Central Region First Team recipient last season. He led the MIAA in goals (8) and points (18) during league matches this season. He finished the year with 20 points, which was sixth-best in the league.

Lee finished in the top eight in the MIAA in goals (6), assists (5) and points (17) after starting all 17 matches. Samia finished fourth in the MIAA in assists (6) and eighth in both goals (6) and points (18). He scored the game-winning goals against No. 6 Rockhurst and was the only two-time winner of the MIAA Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week award.

Crawford, Jordan Schmoker and Peralta were all named to the All-MIAA First Team this season. Adam Schmoker, Smith and Mendoza landed on the All-MIAA Second Team, while Samia was named honorable mention. Neither Carter nor Lee picked up all-conference accolades.

Northeastern State (10-3-4) finished the 2013 campaign in the top six nationally in six categories. NSU led the country in assists per game (3.12), while finishing second in total assists (53), third in points per game (9.35), fourth in total points (159), fifth in scoring offense (3.12), and sixth in total goals (53).

The Daktronics All-Central Region teams were voted on by the region’s Sports Information Directors. Schmoker, Crawford and Smith will now move on to the All-American ballot, which will be announced Dec. 4.

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