Cid-Fernandez spotlighted, @patriot_msoccer picked 3rd in ASC poll

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – UT Tyler senior Leandro Cid-Fernandez has been selected as the American Southwest Conference Men’s Soccer Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches and the Patriots are slated third after a vote from the coaches and conference sports information directors. Additionally, Ryan Brinda, Lucas Pereira and Cid-Fernandez were identified on the ASC Player to Watch List entering the 2017 season which begins with the Patriots opening against Redlands on Sept. 1 and Our Lady of the Lake on Sept. 3 in San Antonio.

“I am obviously looking forward to getting started with the guys and seeing if we can pick up close where to ended last spring season,” said UT Tyler head coach Kenny Jones, who is 182-60-32 in 15 seasons leading the program. “I am also excited about the incoming class and the potential impact they could have. As far as meeting their potential and goals, it will start by getting everyone on the same page as early as possible and living out our vision and purpose every day, regardless of circumstance we will face.”

UT Tyler, which opens preseason practice on Saturday, is coming off a 10-6-2 record in 2016 where its advanced to the ASC Championship semifinals before having the season end in penalty kicks. The Patriots outscored their opponents by a 38-18 margin during the season in their 13th double-digit win campaign. UT Dallas is picked to win the ASC according to the preseason prognosticating after winning last year’s championship and going 9-0-1 in conference play. Hardin-Simmons is picked second, while Mary Hardin-Baylor and Concordia are fourth and fifth in the polling.

Cid-Fernandez enters his senior season as a two-time NSCAA All-Region selection and with 30 career goals. An Argentina native, he led the Patriots with 12 goals and seven assists as a junior where he was named the ASC Offensive Player of the Year and the ASC Midfielder of the Year for the second straight season. He had nine goals as a sophomore and freshman and is only three goals from matching Barrett Browning for the program’s all-time goal record.

“Leo is a very talented student and player,” Jones said. “He’s continued to learn and grown over the last few years and has made an impact on our team. He will just need to stay humble and focused on doing his best every day.” 

Along with Cid-Fernandez, the Patriots return Pereira who has recorded 12 goals in his first two seasons in Tyler. Pereira is coming off a seven-goal sophomore season where he also assisted on four goals. He has earned NSCAA All-West Region honors in both of his collegiate seasons and is also a two-time ASC first-team selection. Brinda is a junior defender who has played in 30 games for the Patriots. He has scored one goal in each of his first two seasons, along with recording two assists last year as a sophomore.

UT Tyler opens its season with four road games, including the two in San Antonio followed by a trip to Tacoma, Washington where it will play Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound in the final non-conference games of the season. The Patriots will play their home and ASC opener on Thursday, Sept. 14 against UT Dallas and then Howard Payne on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Citizens 1st Bank-Perkins Soccer Complex.

ASC Men's Soccer Preseason Players of the Year
Offense: Leandro Cid-Fernandez, Sr., M, UT Tyler
Defense: Caleb Vandergriff, Jr., D, Mary Hardin-Baylor

ASC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll
(First-Place Votes)
Rank Team (1st) Pts. 2016 Record (ASC)
1. UT Dallas (16) 276 13-5-2 (9-0-1)
2. Hardin-Simmons (2) 240 9-4-3 (7-1-2)
3. UT Tyler (4) 236 10-6-2 (4-5-1)
4. Mary Hardin-Baylor 225 11-6-1 (7-2-1)
5. Concordia Texas 193 13-4-1 (7-3)
6. Ozarks (1) 145 10-6-3 (4-4-2)
7. Belhaven# 139 8-7-1 (n/a)
8. East Texas Baptist 131 9-9 (4-6)
9. McMurry% 87 3-10-3 (2-5-3)
10. Howard Payne 86 3-9-3 (2-5-3)
11. LeTourneau 77 5-10-3 (2-7-1)
12. Louisiana College (1) 37 0-18 (0-10)
# Ineligible for 2017 ASC Championship / NCAA Tournament (NCAA Div. III Provisional)
% Ineligible for 2017 ASC Championship / NCAA Tournament (NCAA Div. III Reclassifying)
ASC Men’s Soccer Players to Watch List
2016 All-Conference Selection*
Name Cl.  Pos. Team
Caleb Almanza* Sr. M Mary Hardin-Baylor
Travis Atkinson* So. D East Texas Baptist
Eric Bigon* Sr. D Concordia Texas
Roger Bonill So. M Howard Payne
Ryan Brinda* Jr. D UT Tyler
Jordan Burke Sr. D East Texas Baptist
Miguel Cabrera Sr. GK LeTourneau
Case Carnes* Sr. F Mary Hardin-Baylor
Alex Chavez Sr. GK McMurry
Nash Cole* Jr. D Concorida Texas
John Dunbar Jr. M Belhaven
Josh Erwin Jr. D McMurry
Leondro Cid-Fernandez* M Sr. UT Tyler
Alan Flores Sr. D/M LeTourneau
Nathan Gautreaux Sr. GK Louisiana College
Baha Israfilov Sr. F Hardin-Simmons
Alfredo Kaegi* So. F UT Dallas
Alejandro Labastida* Sr. F Concordia Texas
Orlando Macedo Sr. M Hardin-Simmons
Israel Madrid* Sr. F LeTourneau
Danny Meyer* Sr. F UT Dallas
Tracer Moore Sr. F Howard Payne
Somto Ngwudike Sr. F Belhaven
Lucas Periera* Jr. F UT Tyler
Robert Pope Jr. M Ozarks
Brad Rivenes So. D UT Dallas
Daniel Rutter* Jr. M East Texas Baptist
Todd Ryals Sr. D Louisiana College
Collin Salyers Jr. D Howard Payne
Matt Samaniego* Jr. D Ozarks
Phay San So. M Louisiana College
Jesus Sanchez So. M McMurry
Caleb Vandergriff* Jr. D Mary Hardin-Baylor
Frane Vidosevic So. F Hardin-Simmons
Bryce Young* Sr. F Ozarks