Spence Leads MSU Contingent on All-LSC Squad
Midwestern State junior defender Ryan Spence headlined six first-team All-Lone Star Conference selections Wednesday when the league announced its annual awards.
Spence garnered Defender of the Year honors after leading one of the nation's best defenses as the Mustangs restricted opponents to a 0.43 goals against average.
The junior center back from Decatur's leadership played a key role in helping the MSU to its second unbeaten season in school history as the Mustangs rolled to their fifth consecutive conference title and a trip to the NCAA Division II postseason for the fifth straight year with a 16-0-2 mark.
Spence garnered Daktronics second-team All-America status last season and was a first-team All-South Central Region pick.
Spence joins seniors Raul Herrera and Paulo Teixeira as two-time first-team All-LSC selections.
Herrera, who led NCAA II in goals against average in 2009, ranks fifth in the category this season at .496. The Dallas native became the school's all-time leader in shutouts and has posted seven clean sheets this season. Herrera has posted a 30-3-7 record in three seasons at MSU.
Teixeira tallied four goals and four assists including two game-winning scores to lead the Mustangs in the midfield.
Junior defender Dean Lovegrove (two goals, three assists), junior forward David Freeland (eight goals, three assists) and senior midfielder Sam Broadbent (four goals, three assists) joined the trio on the first team.
Junior forward Tex McCullough, senior midfielder Bryce Taylor and junior midfielder Nathan Fitzgerald were named to the second team.
Midwestern State opens the NCAA Division II postseason Thursday night against Truman (Mo.) at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.