Two men’s soccer players recognized by collegiate coaches as region’s bests
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced today that Missouri State’s James Fawke was named to the NSCAA’s NCAA Division 1 Men’s All-Midwest Region First Team and Trevor Spangenbergwas named to the Third Team. The 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Region Teams were named for the three NCAA divisions, NAIA, and Junior Colleges.
Fawke, a defender from Cheltenham, England, had a tremendous junior campaign for the Bears. The Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year captained the nation’s top defense en route to Missouri State’s fifth conference regular season championship. Outside of Spangenberg in goal, Fawke led the Bears in minutes played, and earned recognition as a first team All-MVC and MVC Scholar-Athlete first team selections. Fawke’s defense leads the NCAA Division 1 in goals against average (0.41) this season.
Spangenberg had a career year in net for the Bears. In addition to being nationally ranked in goals against average (3rd) and save percentage (14th), Spangenberg and the Bears set the MVC record for fewest goals allowed in a season (8) and goals against average in conference games (0.16). Following Spangenberg’s season, the Valparaiso, Ind., senior became the university’s all-time career leader in goals against average and holds Missouri State records for consecutive shutouts (7) and single-season goals against average (0.41). Spangenberg was a first team All-MVC selection as well.
Missouri State is eligible to earn additional recognition from the NSCAA this week. Any remaining NSCAA/Continental Tire All-America Teams yet announced will be released throughout the week, including College Scholar All-Region teams. The NSCAA awards will culminate with the NCAA men’s All-Americans on Friday, Dec. 13.