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Three Texas Lutheran Men's Soccer players receive All-West Region honors

Three Texas Lutheran Men's Soccer players receive All-West Region honors

SEGUIN, Texas – Texas Lutheran sophomore forward Luis Green was named to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Men's Division III All-West Region First Team, and Bulldog seniors Lalo Lopez-Rivera and Cameron Townes picked up All-West Region Third Team spots.

Green, the two-time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-American, was named to the All-West Region First Team for a second consecutive season.

Lopez-Rivera, as a defender, and Townes, as a forward, were named All-West Region for the first time.

Green, Lopez-Rivera, and Townes led TLU to its first-ever Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship and to its second-ever NCAA Division III playoff berth.

The Bulldogs won a school-record 15 matches, going 15-6 overall and 7-2 in the SCAC.

The Bulldogs, the No. 2 seed in the SCAC Tournament, defeated tournament host Trinity 2-0 and top seed Colorado College 3-1 to claim the conference title and the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA DIII playoffs. 

TLU played Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) in the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship (first round) and fell 2-0 to the Stags. CMS advanced to the NCAA DIII third round, falling to eventual national semi-finalist Centre (Ky.).

Green (Monterrey, Mexico/Smithson Valley (Texas)) set new TLU DIII-era records for goals scored (20) and total points (43). His 20 goals scored and 43 total points were the second-most goals scored and points recorded in a single season in TLU men's soccer history.

Green, the Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the SCAC Tournament, registered three hat tricks in 2019 and scored nine goals in his last six matches of the season. He has scored 38 career goals in 39 career matches played at TLU.

Lopez-Rivera, the Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the SCAC Tournament, led a TLU defensive effort that produced seven shutouts during the year and held opponents to a 1.27 goals against average.

Lopez-Rivera (Round Rock/Stony Point) played and started in 20 matches in 2019 and added a goal and two assists.

Townes (Cypress/Cypress Ranch) played in all 21 matches and scored a career-best 10 goals and notched a career-best five assists. He finished his Bulldog career with 21 career goals and 10 career assists.

A four-year starter, Townes had two goals in a key road win over Concordia Texas, and he scored the Bulldogs' second goal of the match in the 3-1 conference championship victory over Colorado College.

2019 United Soccer Coaches Men's Division III All-West Region Teams

First Team

Pos.

Name

Cl.

School

Hometown

K

Eduardo DeAnda

So.

Claremont-McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps

Fontana, Calif.

D

Mason Anderson

Sr.

University of Texas-Dallas

Frisco, Texas

D

William Birchard

Jr.

Claremont-McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps

Tucson, Ariz.

D

Jacob Galan

So.

Trinity University (Texas)

San Antonio, Texas

D

Carlos Marquez

Sr.

University of St. Thomas (Texas)

El Paso, Texas

D

Adam Singer

Sr.

Claremont-McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps

San Francisco, Calif.

M

Makenson Cadet

Jr.

Hardin-Simmons University

Providenciales, Turks and Ca

M

Zak Gregg

Fr.

Pacific Lutheran University

Federal Way, Wash.

M

Quintin Van Der Lee

Jr.

Trinity University (Texas)

Auckland, New Zealand

M

Nicholas Villanueva

So.

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Austin, Texas

F

Steve Acuna

So.

University of Redlands

Pico Rivera, Calif.

F

Will Barton

So.

Claremont-McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps

Seattle, Wash.

F

Luis Green

So.

Texas Lutheran University

Monterrey, Mexico

Second Team

Pos.

Name

Cl.

School

Hometown

K

Keleher Felton

So.

Colorado College

Chicago, Ill.

D

Ryan Griffith

So.

Pacific Lutheran University

Puyallup, Wash.

D

Riley McCabe

Sr.

Occidental College

Lincoln, Mass.

D

Peyton Menti

So.

University of Redlands

Seattle, Wash.

M

Sammy Rahim

So.

Claremont-McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps

Chula Vista, Calif.

M

John Schuler

Jr.

Colorado College

Chicago, Ill.

M

Derrin Valeri

Jr.

University of Redlands

Atlanta, Ga.

F

Andrea Codispoti

Jr.

Trinity University (Texas)

Rockville Centre, N.Y.

F

Alfredo Kaegi

Sr.

University of Texas-Dallas

Frisco, Texas

F

Jovi Munoz

So.

University of Texas-Dallas

Arlington, Texas

F

Marco Vazquez

Fr.

Concordia University (Texas)

Spring, Texas

Third Team

Pos.

Name

Cl.

School

Hometown

K

John Nicknish

So.

University of Texas-Dallas

Spring, Texas

D

Zack Kusak

Jr.

Concordia University (Texas)

New Braunfels, Texas

D

Eduardo Lopez-Rivera

Sr.

Texas Lutheran University

Round Rock, Texas

D

Brad Rivenes

Sr.

University of Texas-Dallas

Sugar Land, Texas

M

Collin ChubbFertal

Jr.

University of Redlands

Eugene, Ore.

M

Griffin Meyer

Fr.

Colorado College

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

M

Drew Mott

So.

University of Ozarks

Arlington, Texas

M

Adrian Paredes

So.

Occidental College

West Hills, Calif.

F

Jovanni Garcia

Jr.

University of La Verne

Garden Grove, Calif.

F

Keeton Heggerness

So.

Pacific Lutheran University

Gig Harbor, Wash.

F

Cameron Townes

Sr.

Texas Lutheran University

Cypress, Texas