By ANDREW SELIGMAN
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.
Phillips, Valcarcel named First-Team All-Region
Seniors Jessy Phillips and Renee’ Valcarcel were both named to the 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-Central Region First Team in an announcement Monday.
Three other RiverHawks, senior forward Jennifer Clark, senior midfielder Elizabeth Cudjoe and true freshman goalkeeper Jordan Woodruff, landed on the All-Central Region Second Team. NSU tied with Central Missouri and Minnesota State for the most honorees (5) from the region.
Northeastern State (15-4) finished runners-up in the MIAA this year and also broke school record for wins in a single season, fewest goals allowed (14) and shutouts (11).
Phillips was the only player from the league to win the MIAA Defensive Athlete of the Week award twice. She started all 19 matches and led NSU in minutes played (1,734), serving as the team’s defensive sweeper.
Valcarcel was the team’s top defensive midfielder and has started every match for Northeastern State over the past three years. She finished in the top 10 in the MIAA this year in goals scored (6) and was third in game-winning goals (3). She ended the year with 13 points.
Clark led the MIAA in game-winning goals (5) and was also the league leader in both goals (9) and points (20) before suffering a season-ending injury. Despite missing six matches, she still managed to finish third in the conference and led NSU in both goals and points. She finished her career fifth in school history in goals scored (20) and points (52).
Cudjoe, a first-team all-region performer a year ago, finished fifth in the conference in points (19) and assists (5), while finishing sixth in goals (7). She also scored three game winners and ended her two-year career fifth in school history in assists (14), while finishing eighth in points (42).
Woodruff won the MIAA Goalkeeper of the Week accolade a record five times, and she was also named the Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Player of the Week once. She led the MIAA in saves percentage (.861), shutouts (11), minutes played (1,738), and most wins in net (15). She also finished second in goals-against average (0.72). Woodruff started all 19 matches for NSU and already owns the school record for career shutouts and she twice had four-straight matches with clean sheets.
Cudjoe, Phillips, Valcarcel, and Woodruff were all named to the All-MIAA First Team earlier this season, while Clark landed on the All-MIAA Second Team.
The Daktronics All-Central Region teams were voted on by the region’s Sports Information Directors. Phillips and Valcarcel will now move on to the All-American ballot, which will be announced Dec. 4.