Anderson and Douglass named First Team All-MVC; Six Bears earn accolades
Missouri State men’s soccer forward Ryan Anderson and defender Justin Douglass were named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team for the second consecutive season, and four other teammates earned postseason accolades, as announced by the league office Thursday. Junior goalkeeper Lance Parker earned All-MVC Second Team honors, defender Andy Cooper and midfielder Kyle Hopson earned Honorable Mention recognition, and defender Ryan Hennessy was named to the All-Freshman Team.
Anderson and Douglass were the only repeat selections to the first team in the conference. Anderson, a junior from St. Charles, Mo., was the MVC Co-Player of the Year a season ago when he scored 15 goals. He again led the Bears in 2006 with four goals and 10 points, and led the MVC with 89 shots. Douglass, a senior from Spring, Texas, anchored a Missouri State backline that allowed a league-low 15 goals during the regular season and ranked nationally in goals-against average and save percentage. Douglass also scored three goals and added three assists for the team’s second-best point total of nine.
Parker, a junior from Oklahoma City, Okla., led the MVC in goals-against average (0.569), save percentage (.845), and shutouts per game (seven in 16 matches). Parker tied for the MVC lead in shutouts with league Defensive Player of the Year Matt Allen from Creighton, with seven, and was fourth in the MVC with 49 saves. Parker finished the regular season ranked 10th nationally in goals-against average and 13th in save percentage.
Hopson, a senior from St. Louis, led the Bears with seven assists, which was second-best in the MVC. Three of Hopson’s helpers came on game-winning goals. Cooper, a junior from St. Louis, was a physical force on the backline for the Bears and was one of only four players to start all 19 matches for MSU. Cooper and the Bears’ backline posted seven shutouts, including three during league play.
Hennessy, a freshman from Kansas City, Mo., started 16 matches for the Bears in his first campaign, including all six regular season conference contests.
Creighton swept the two most prestigious awards, with forward Mike Kraus earning Offensive Player of the Year to join Allen as the Defensive Player of the Year. Bradley’s Chris Cutshaw was named Freshman of the Year and the Braves coaching staff earned the new award of Coaching Staff of the Year.
Missouri State ended its season with a 3-1 loss to Eastern Illinois in the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament on Wednesday in Peoria, Ill. The Bears finished with a 8-8-3 record, including a 3-2-1 regular season mark in MVC play.
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