RICHARDSON -- UT Tyler's Jake Urbaniak was named the American Southwest Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year for a second-consecutive season while six other Patriots garnered All-ASC honors the league office announced this week.
Urbaniak, a senior from Fort Worth, Texas, finishes his ASC career as one of the most decorated soccer players in UT Tyler history. In 2011, Urbaniak finished with a team-leading eight goals and helped lead a defensive unit that only yielded 14 goals on the season.
Joining Urbaniak on the first team were Justin NeSmith, Elijah Shipman and Victor Almendariz. NeSmith, a senior from Wylie, helped the Patriots defense to a .78 goals per game average while adding two goals and two assists of his own.
Shipman added six goals and assisted on three others for a total of 15 points on the season while Almendariz finished with seven goals and a team-leading nine assists.
Chris Powell and Jesus Morteo were named to the All-ASC second team. Powell tallied four goals and three assists on the season, including one in the conference tournament. Morteo chipped in with five total points during his All-ASC campaign.
Emerson Ornstein was named Freshman Defensive Player of the Year, playing a vital role on a defense that allowed only 55 shots on goal during the season.
Head Coach Kenny Jones was tabbed as the Co-Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his UT Tyler career, alongside Concordia's Tatenda Chieza.
UT Tyler (15-2-2) won the ASC regular season champions as well as the tournament champions and is set to host Oglethorpe on Thursday night in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Men's Soccer Championships.