Three Men's Soccer Bears Named to All-MVC Teams
Sophomore James Fawke
Sophomore James Fawke

Nov. 8, 2012

PEORIA, Ill. – Three Missouri State men’s soccer players received league honors, the Valley office announced Thursday evening at the men’s soccer award banquet held prior to the 2012 MVC Tournament in Peoria, Ill.

Sophomore defender James Fawke represents Missouri State on the all-MVC second team, while senior defender Ben Griffiths was named all-MVC honorable mention and freshman forward James Thomas landed on the MVC All-Freshman squad. It marks the first time since 2007 that the Bears were unsuccessful in placing a student-athlete on the all-MVC first team.

Fawke, who was one of three Bears on last year’s MVC All-Freshman team, made the jump up to second team after starting all 17 matches for the Bears this season. He anchored the MSU backline that allowed just 14 goals all season, which ties the school record for fewest goals allowed in a single season. It has happened just two other times in program history (1998 and 2010). In September, the Cheltenham, England native was named the Defensive MVP at the Central Arkansas Tournament and earned co-MVP honors at the Dayton Marriott Classic. In addition, he was named to the all-tournament team at the TLC Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Lobo Invitational.

Griffiths completed his four year career last week, picking up his 52nd career start against the visiting Bulldogs. The Chelmsford, Essex, England native was a key component in the Bears’ backfield the past three years, playing in all 54 matches in which he cracked the starting lineup in all but two of the games. This season, the senior captain helped the Bears’ defense record six shutouts and allowed just three multi-goal games through 17 matches. It is just the second time in school history that the MSU defense has held all but three opponents to one goal or less. In September, Griffiths was named to the all-tournament team at the Dayton Marriott Classic as well as New Mexico’s TLC Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Lobo Invitational.

Thomas rounds out the Bears’ league awards with an All-Freshman team accolade. The newcomer from Doncaster, England, finished the year with two goals on a total of six shots. He registered his first career goal as a Bear in the Missouri State’s 1-0 shutout of Lipscomb at the Central Arkansas Tournament. Thomas logged his second goal of the season in the 2-2 double overtime draw against No. 26 UC Irvine in Albuquerque, N.M.

All-MVC First Team
GK – John Berner, SIU Edwardsville
D – Benny Jeffery, SIU Edwardsville
D – Tapiwa Machinguata, Bradley
D – Matt Polster, SIU Edwardsville
D – Andrew Ribeiro, Creighton
MF – Jose Gomez, Creighton
MF – Eric Miller, Creighton
MF – Timo Pitter, Creighton
MF – Michael Thaden, Drake
F – Jochen Graf, Bradley
F – Christian Volesky, SIU Edwardsville

All-MVC Second Team
GK – Brian Billings, Bradley
D – Zac Burns, Central Arkansas
D – James Fawke, Missouri State
D – Aaron Lantz, SIU Edwardsville
D – Jose Ribas, Creighton
MF – Keegan Balle, Bradley
MF – Ryan Bauer, SIU Edwardsville
MF – Brian Groark, SIU Edwardsville
MF – Kevin Stoll, SIU Edwardsville
F – Peter Kelly, SIU Edwardsville
F – Nick Schroeder, Evansville

All-MVC Honorable Mention
GK – Rich Gallagher, Drake
GK – Eric Teppen, Evansville
D – Ben Griffiths, Missouri State
D – Patrick Hodges, Evansville
D – Charlie Macias, Evansville
D – Matt Taphorn, Central Arkansas
MF – Addison Eck, Drake
MF – Faik Hajderovic, Evansville
MF – Manuel Montal, Central Arkansas
MF – Luis Romero, Evansville
F – Taylor Hart, Central Arkansas
F – Jesse Sharp, Evansville

MVC All-Freshman Team
Alec Bartlett, Drake
Grant Bell, Bradley
Jacob Campbell, Central Arkansas
Mark Anthony Gonzalez, Evansville
Faik Hajderovic, Evansville
Brendan Hines-Ike, Creighton
Brett Lane, SIU Edwardsville
Jason Lesch, Bradley
Nate Opperman, Evansville
Timo Pitter, Creighton
James Thomas, Missouri State



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