Cook, Barrera Named ASC Men's Soccer Players of the Week

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – McKenna Cook, F, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor

Senior forward McKenna Cook (Denton, Texas / Guyer HS) helped the Cru to a 2-1 week coming off the bench to score game-winning goals against Texas Lutheran and Schreiner. Against the Bulldogs, Cook scored a goal in the 56th minute to give UMHB a 1-0 lead. In UMHB's 2-1 win over Schreiner, he scored in the 32nd minute to put the Cru up two goals over the Mountaineers. He totaled 11 shots on the week with two goals and eight shots on goal


DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jesus Barrera, GK, Jr., Concordia Texas

Junior goalkeeper Jesus Barrera (Pflugerville, Texas / Pflugerville HS) was big for the Tornados last week, allowing just one goal on five shots. Two of his three victories were shutouts and his late stop on a penalty kick against Houston-Victoria helped preserve the shutout





Belhaven senior forward Nicolas Cornejo (Santiago, Chile / Saint Gabriel's School) continues to make an impact off the bench for the Blazers, scoring his second goal of the season in a loss to Maryville. Cornejo led the team in total shots (3) and shots on goal (2) in that match … Concordia Texas sophomore forward Rolando Hernandez (Arlington, Texas / Lamar HS)scored twice over the weekend, including the game-winner at Texas Lutheran, a shot he made from 35 yards out from the goal … East Texas Baptist sophomore midfielder Daniel Rutter (League City, Texas / Clear Springs HS) had the game-winning goal against Dallas Christian in the 54th minute as ETBU won their third match of the year … Hardin-Simmons junior midfielder Danny Benyamin (Cedar Park, Texas / Vista Ridge HS) scored the first goal of his career to lift the Cowboys by Southwestern, 1-0 … Univ. of Ozarks sophomore forward Sean Garcia (Fort Worth, Texas / Central HS) scored twice against Principia, and assisted on the other two goals. Garcia scored both of his goals in the first half and produced two assists in the second half. Garcia ended the match with seven shots … Texas Dallas freshman Alfredo Kaegi (Frisco, Texas / Heritage HS) tallied the Comets' lone goal via penalty kick in UTD's 1-0 win over Southwestern Friday night. He ended the contest with five shots, two of which were on goal.



East Texas Baptist junior goalkeeper Jesus Hernandez (Waxahachie, Texas / Ennis HS) recorded a shut out win over Dallas Christian in his first collegiate start. He played all 90 minutes and the defense allowed just two shots and neither was on goal … LeTourneau senior midfielder Hunter Swift (La Marque, Texas / Santa Fe HS) scored his second goal of the season in the late minutes of a tied game against Dallas Christian. In the 88th minute LETU earned a corner taken by teammate Attikus Martinez. Swift was able to head it past the goalkeeper for a game-winning goal for the YellowJackets. It is the second game-winning goal from Swift this season as he came up for the late game corner and gave the YellowJackets the 2-1 victory … Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore defender Caleb Vandergriff (Georgetown, Texas / East View HS) was a key component in UMHB's defense that earned two wins over the week. He was a key contributor against No. 5 Trinity holding the Tigers scoreless for 57 minutes of play. He was also a big part in UMHB's 2-0 win over Texas Lutheran and the Cru's 2-1 win over Schreiner, allowing just seven shots over both contests … Univ. of Ozarks junior midfielder Alex Ross (Heath, Texas / Rockwall-Heath HS) was solid in the back over two matches to help the Eagles remain unbeaten on the season … Texas Dallas senior goalkeeper Joseph Weber (Frisco, Texas / Heritage HS) saved a penalty kick late in regulation to secure the Comets' first shutout of the season Friday, a 1-0 decision at Southwestern. Weber made three saves in the win. Weber also made five saves in a 2-0 road loss at No. 5 Trinity.

AROUND THE ASC Notes submitted by ASC Sports Information Staffs


Belhaven (0-2-1) – Belhaven played two matches at the David Taffe Invitational over the weekend, earning a scoreless draw with host Covenant College on Friday before falling to Maryville College, 4-2, on Saturday.


Concordia Texas (4-1-0) – The Tornados outscored opponents 8-1 last week to go 3-0. Concordia first defeated Houston-Victoria (1-0) then beat out Schreiner (2-1) and Texas Lutheran (3-0). Concordia Texas opens up ASC play this weekend welcoming in Belhaven and Louisiana College.


East Texas Baptist (3-1-0) – ETBU went 1-1 last week improving to 3-1 overall for the year. The Tigers earned a 1-0 win over Dallas Christian for their third win of the year. Daniel Rutter netted the winning goal in the 54th minute as the lone goal of the game. The three wins already match what ETBU win total last year and the 3-1 start is the best since 2005 when they started 3-0-1.


Hardin-Simmons (1-2-0) – The Cowboys split a pair of matches in the ASC-SCAC shootout, beating Southwestern 1-0 and falling 3-1 to No. 5 Trinity. HSU will be home for the first time this week when they host Texas-Tyler and Ozarks in the first weekend of ASC play.


Howard Payne (0-2-0) – Howard Payne was idle this past week. The Jackets will play next on September 13 at home against Schreiner.


LeTourneau (2-2-1) – LeTourneau went 1-1 on the weekend earning a win over Dallas Christian in the final minutes. A penalty kick by junior Israel Madrid pulled the YellowJackets even with the Crusaders in the 86th minute. Just two minutes later senior Hunter Swift scored his second goal of the season as he was once again the hero putting a header past the goalkeeper off a corner from teammate Attikus Martinez for the 2-1 victory. On Saturday the YellowJackets dropped a 3-0 decision to SAGU on the road in Waxahachie.


Louisiana College (0-4-0) – Louisiana College fell to Evangel University on Saturday in the final moments of the match. At 89:52 Evangel scored the game-winning goal when Kyler Moore hit the back of the net to win the game, 1-0. The Wildcats will play three matches this week, all on the road.


Mary-Hardin-Baylor (4-1-0) – The Cru went 2-1 over the week with wins over Texas Lutheran and Schreiner and a loss to No. 5 Trinity. McKenna Cook scored game-winning goals in both of UMHB's wins. The Cru returns to action Tuesday, September 13 against Austin College.


McMurry (1-3-0) – McMurry coach Tyler Tarango picked his first victory in the War Hawks' 3-2 2OT win at Huston-Tillotson. Rafael Lara's goal with less than a minute left provided the game-winner. In McMurry's 4-1 loss at Austin College, freshman Grant Mendall notched his first collegiate goal.


Univ. of Ozarks (4-0-1) – Ozarks remains unbeaten on the season after a 1-0-1 road trip to Illinois. The Eagles tied Greenville College Friday and then took a 4-2 win over Principia College on Saturday. Against Greenville, Michael Luster scored early in the second half, but the Eagles were unable to keep the lead as Greenville scored in the 68th minute. Against Principia, Sean Garcia scored twice and assisted on the other two goals. Thomas Ross assisted both goals by Garcia. Garcia ended the match with seven shots. Ozarks will play road matches against McMurry and Hardin-Simmons this week before returning home against Ecclesia College, September 22.


Texas Dallas (2-3-0) – The Comets opened the weekend with a 1-0 road win over Southwestern before dropping a 2-0 decision at No. 5 Trinity. After five straight road games to start the season, the Comets will play at home Sunday when they host UC-Santa Cruz.


Texas-Tyler (3-1-0) – The Patriots suffered their first loss of the season falling 1-0 in overtime to Texas College last Thursday. After starting the season at 3-0, the Patriots were unable score on 22 shots and saw a 40-yard shot by the Steers find the net. The Patriots will return to action this weekend with the start of ASC play in Abilene. UT Tyler opens against Hardin-Simmons on Friday and will then play McMurry. This weekend starts a six-game road trip.



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