At MSU:Ryan Anderson returns as a junior after a sophomore season for the record books, as he garnered second team all-America honors and the Co-Player of the Year award in the Missouri Valley Conference. He is one of 25 preseason candidates for the Hermann Trophy, given at the end of the season to the nation's best player.
2005: Anderson recorded the school's 20th hat trick in Missouri State's second game of the season at Florida International (9/3) and never looked back on his way to an MVC-high 15 goals and the conference's co-player of the year award. Anderson became the first MSU player to earn such recognition and also the first in school history to earn NSCAA/adidas All-America honors, after he was named to the second team. Anderson led the MVC in goals (15), points (33), and game winners (6) in 2005. Anderson's 0.83 goals-per-game average ranked fifth in the nation and his 1.83 points-per-game was eighth-best in Division I. The six game winners Anderson recorded set a single-season school record and he recorded the winning goal in three of the four MSU conference victories. His 15 goals rank second-best in a single season at MSU behind Matt Caution's 16 in 1993 and his 33 points are third-best all-time. Anderson earned MVC Player of the Week honors (Oct. 24), was a member of the College Soccer News' National Team of the Week (Oct. 11), and was an all-tournament selection in the Missouri State, Evansville, Bradley and MVC tournaments. Anderson scored a goal in 11 of the 13 matches MSU scored in, including three multi-goal games.
2004: The St. Charles, Mo., native started nine of the 18 contests in which he appeared during his freshman campaign, and was tied with senior Jim Levesque as the fourth-leading scorer for the Bears last season. Anderson turned in 11 points on four goals and three assists to earn All-Freshman MVC accolades. Anderson took 28 shots in 2004, placing nine on goal. He scored the first goal of his collegiate career against Oral Roberts and led the team with a goal two games later in a 2-1 win over Oregon State.
Background: Anderson was a four-year starter for the St. Charles West Warriors, while garnering first team all-conference and all-state honors his senior season. Anderson led his conference in goals, points and assists in 2003.
Personal: Ryan Matthew Anderson is the son of Charles and Paula Anderson. He was born August 14, 1985.