WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State's unbeaten run through the regular resulted in its second consecutive Heartland Conference championship. The payoff continued Thursday as seven Mustangs led by Player of the Year Pierre Bocquet earned all-league honors.
Midfielder Carlos Flores earned Heartland Conference Freshman of the Year, while Doug Elder was named coach of the year for the second-straight season to headline MSU's contingent earning postseason honors.
Joining Bocquet and Flores on the All-Heartland Conference First Team was senior forward Scott Doney and junior defender Patrick Fitzgerald. Senior defender Jordan Speed, junior defender Alex Mullet and senior goalkeeper Richard Goss earned second-team honors.
The back-to-back league champion Mustangs led the league with seven all-conference picks followed by West Texas A&M with six, St. Edward's with five, St. Mary's (Texas) with three, UT Permian Basin and Texas A&M International with two and Newman with one.
UT Permian Basin's Brandon Lee was named the league's offensive player of the year while St. Edward's senior Ty Mobley claimed top defensive honors for the second straight season.
Midwestern State claimed its second Heartland Conference regular season title and 11th overall league championship finishing the regular season with a 16-0-2 mark including a 12-0-2 run in HC play.
The Mustangs open Heartland Conference Postseason Tournament play Friday night in the semifinal round against Texas A&M International at Stang Park. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. St. Edward's and St. Mary's play in the other semifinal beginning at 4:30 p.m.
The semifinal winners advance the tournament finals Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Midwestern State placed seven selections on the All-Lone Star Conference team as announced Thursday night at the pre-championship banquet.
Senior forward Destinee Williamson repeated as a first-team honoree and was joined by sophomore midfielder Hanna Mattinson and freshman defender Micah Wilson.
Sophomore defender Sarah Stewart and freshman midfielder Kelly Cannistra earned second-team honors, while senior goalkeeper Courtney Burnette and junior midfielder Taylor Robinson gained honorable mention.
Regular season champion Angelo State led the league with eight all-conference picks while Texas A&M-Commerce had six followed by MSU with five. Eastern New Mexico and West Texas A&M boasted four apiece.
Angelo State's Trenaday Scott earned LSC Player of the Year honors leading the league with 15 goals. She also earned top forward honors, while teammate Sammy Cude was the goalkeeper of the year.
Texas A&M-Commerce swept the other two positions players of the year with Delany Bunselmeyer earning LSC Defensive Player of the Year status while Michelle Kotlik was the league's top midfielder.
Angelo State's Cassandra Moosburger and Eastern New Mexico Ariel Lopez shared Newcomer of the Year honors, while Texas A&M-Commerce's Leslie Campuzano broke up MSU's run of three consecutive freshmen of the year which included Mattinson (2016), Imani Morlock (2015) and Williamson (2014).
Angelo State's Travis McCorkle earned LSC Coach of the Year accolades.