Trio of MSU Men's Soccer Players Earn NSCAA Scholar All-Region Honors
Cole Alexander (24)
Cole Alexander (24)

Dec. 18, 2012

NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region Release

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Missouri State men’s soccer team collected another set of awards as three members of the 2012 squad received scholar-athlete recognition from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) this past weekend (Dec. 15). Juniors Cole Alexander and Jared Gain, along with sophomore Andrew Riggs were named to the NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region second team.

Capital One Academic All-District VI first team selection Cole Alexander has had a successful run on the award circuit. He was one of three unanimous first-team choices on the MVC Scholar-Athlete team, along with SIUE’s Ryan Bauer and Drake’s Nick Marshall. The junior from Roseville, Calif., who holds a 3.75 grade-point average in advertising & promotion, played in 15 of the Bears’ 17 matches this season and led the team in goals (3), points (6), shots (33) and shots on goal (12). In 2011, he was an MVC Scholar-Athlete honorable mention pick and earned the 2012 MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award for his work in the classroom.

Junior Jared Gain picks up his second postseason academic honor after being named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete honorable mention team on Nov. 19. The junior from O’Fallon, Mo., who holds a 3.45 GPA in entrepreneurship, appeared in 16 matches and started the first 11 matches of the season. HE led the team in assists (3) and was second on the team in points (5). Gain had a breakout performance in Missouri State’s 3-0 shutout win on the road against UMKC. He recorded the first of three first-half goals and was credited with an assist moments after the goal.

Rounding out the Bears’ three NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region honorees is goalkeeper Andrew Riggs. The sophomore keeper stepped up to the plate and started all 17 matches in goal for MSU, collecting multiple honors throughout the season. Riggs joined Alexander on the 2012 MVC Scholar-Athlete first team and also was named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (Oct. 10) and MVC Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 12). The St. Peters, Mo. native, who holds a 3.69 GPA in actuarial mathematics, registered six shutouts and a goals against average of 0.78, to tie a school record for fewest goals allowed in a single season (14).



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