Five Mustang Soccer Players Honored - KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Five Mustang Soccer Players Honored

Posted: Updated:

Men: Petolick, Robertson Named Daktronics All Americans

Midwestern State's Nick Petolick and Chase Robertson garnered Daktronics All-America honors as released by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America Wednesday afternoon.

Petolick becomes the fourth goalkeeper in program history to earn All-America acclaim as he was named to the second team after fueling a 13-match unbeaten streak after taking over as MSU's primary keeper in the season's fifth match.

The transfer from Oral Roberts posted nine clean sheets in 13 starts leading all of NCAA Division II with a 0.36 goals against average which is the best mark in MSU's storied history.

Petolick notched shutouts in his first five starts, and then strung together four more including a four-save blanking of Colorado Mines in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.

He joins former Midwestern standout keepers Rick Brasko (1988 NAIA honorable mention), Kevin Gentry (1991 NAIA first team) and Raul Herrera (2008 and 2009 Daktronics first team) to earn national honors.

Robertson gained honorable mention All-America status after making the move to outside back early in the season and proved to be a versatile force as the Mustangs advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the seventh time in eight seasons.

The junior from Midlothian got forward to score two goals while leading the team with six assists while aiding a back line which ranked 14th in NCAA Division II with a 0.74 team goals against average.

Robertson posted either a goal or assist in eight of the 15 matches he appeared in this season including a run of four consecutive ledgers from Sep. 13-27.

He becomes the first outside back to earn All-America honors since Brian Martinez claimed Daktronics second-team accolades in 2008.

The D2SIDA All-America teams in football, men's soccer, women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball and softball are sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The teams are voted on by the members of D2SIDA, NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association.

Women: Cottrell, Essary, Hannon Named NSCAA All-Region

Midwestern State placed a trio of players on the All-South Central Region squad released Wednesday afternoon by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America.

Sophomore Ashley Cottrell garnered first-team honors while senior goalkeeper Kallie Essary and Morgan Hannon gained second-team accolades after helping the Mustangs to a stellar 13-5-3 season on the way to regular season and postseason Lone Star Conference championships while advancing to the NCAA Division II postseason for the third time in program history.

Cottrell, the LSC Offensive Player of the Year, paced the squad with 11 goals including five game winners. The Arlington native finished with a bang scoring two goals in the LSC final against West Texas A&M then accounted for MSU's lone postseason tally against Metro State (Colo.).

Essary, the LSC Goalkeeper of the Year, enjoyed a breakout senior campaign for the Mustangs setting a school record with nine shutouts and keyed MSU's run to the league tournament title winning a pair of shutout duels which included a pair of clutch saves in the semifinal round against Texas A&M-Commerce.

Essary closed the season ranking 35th nationally in save percentage (.852) and 36th in goals against average (0.739).

Hannon, a sophomore from Midland, scored three goals and two assists while playing a key role in the central midfield this season.