AWARDS: Three @patriot_msoccer players earn all-region

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – Ryan Brinda, Lucas Pereira and Leandro Cid-Fernandez were named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III All-West Region first-team for their contributions for the UT Tyler Patriots who won 11 games and advanced to the NCAA postseason for the fourth time in program history.

Cid-Fernandez and Pereira are now three-time all-region selections for the Patriots, while Brinda earns the honor for the first time in his career. All three players were American Southwest Conference first-team selections.

A senior from Argentina, Cid-Fernandez finished his career as the all-time leading goal-scorer in program history with 36 goals. He had six goals and three assists in his senior season and was named the ASC Midfielder of the Year for the third straight season. He scored two goals in a home win over UT Dallas and the game-winning goal to highlight his senior season.

A junior from Spain, Pereira led the Patriots with 11 goals and four assists in his junior season. He scored his final goal of the season in the NCAA tournament against Trinity and also had a three-goal performance against East Texas Baptist and two assists against UTD on his season’s resume. Pereira, who was a two-time ASC Offensive Player of the Week, has scored 23 goals and has nine assists in his three seasons with the Patriots were he has earned all-region after each season.

Brinda established himself as one of the top defenders in the region during his junior season where the Patriots had 11 shutouts. Brinda and the Patriot defense limited opponents to 66 shots on goal through 18 games. A junior from Coppell, Brinda is a two-time all-conference selection and earned one ASC Defensive Player of the Week honor this season.

2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Men's All-West Region Teams

First Team

Pos. Name Class School Hometown
K Bryce Eichhorn Sr. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Temple, Texas
D Ryan Brinda Jr. University of Texas-Tyler Coppell, Texas
D Guy Harris Sr. Trinity University (Texas) Lewisville, Texas
D Caleb Vandergriff Jr. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Georgetown, Texas
M Caleb Almanza Sr. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Odessa, Texas
M Casey ChubbFertal Sr. University of Redlands Eugene, Ore.
M Leandro Cid Fernandez Sr. University of Texas-Tyler Cordoba, Argentina
M Cooper Fyfe Sr. Trinity University (Texas) Austin, Texas
F Austin Michaelis Jr. Trinity University (Texas) Coppell, Texas
F Lucas Pereira Jr. University of Texas-Tyler Barcelona, Spain
F Christian Sakshaug Jr. Trinity University (Texas) San Antonio, Texas

Second Team

Pos. Name Class School Hometown
K Theo Hooker Sr. Colorado College Albuquerque, N.M.
D Noah Cavanaugh Sr. Whitman College Seattle, Wash.
D Steven Dang Jr. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Dallas, Texas
D Eric Haigh Jr. University of Dallas Frisco, Texas
D Ben Thompson Sr. University of Redlands Spokane, Wash.
M Joel Frykholm Sr. Colorado College Boulder, Colo.
M Phillip Le Jr. Austin College Frisco, Texas
M Danny Meyer Sr. University of Texas-Dallas Phoenix, Ariz.
F Chase Boone Sr. University of Redlands Beaverton, Ore.
F Eddie Na Sr. Pacific Lutheran University University Place, Wash.
F Thomas Quick Sr. Austin College Austin, Texas

Third Team

Pos. Name Class School Hometown
K Josh Haskill Sr. University of Redlands Lakewood, Calilf.
D Danny Aguilar Sr. California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, Calif.
D Keenan Amer Jr. Colorado College Santa Fe, N.M.
D Mason Anderson So. University of Texas-Dallas McKinney, Texas
D Gabriel Barrett-Jackson Sr. Occidental College Seattle, Wash.
D Cristian Yepez Sr. California Lutheran University Oxnard, Calif.
M Elliott Braund Sr. Chapman University Winchester, England
M Bennett Bugbee Sr. Pacific Lutheran University Bellevue, Wash.
M Alan Hernandez Sr. Willamette University Salem, Ore.
M Martin Lopez So. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Hutto, Texas
F Alfredo Kaegi So. University of Texas-Dallas Frisco, Texas
F Nat Kajiwara Fr. University of Dallas Southlake, Texas
F Brandon Kearney Sr. California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, Calif.