KANSAS CITY, Mo.
– Four Missouri State men's soccer players earn postseason honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), as announced by the association on Monday (Dec. 4).
was named to the All-West region first team, marking the Bears first selection to the region's top team since 2013. Liam Priestley
and Kyle Hiebert
earn nods into the region's second team, while Conor Ingram
records third team honors.
The MVC Defensive Player of the Year, Burtenshaw was the catalyst for the Bears on the defensive end, helping MSU's defense turn back all but nine of the 181 shots faced this season. The squad paced the Missouri Valley Conference and was forth in the nation in goals against average (0.501) this season.
Starting every game in goal this season and earning MVC Goalkeeper of the Year honors, Priestley marked 11 shutouts this season and recorded his 25th
of his career that now ranks second in Missouri State history in career shutouts and is tied for first on the program's single-season shutout list. He also owns the second lowest career Goals Against Average in MSU history (0.84).
Hiebert made starts in all 17 regular-season matches for the Bears. The La Salle, Manitoba, Canada native netted in his first career goal against Valparaiso (10/24). He has been a consistent force for the Bears on the defensive side of the pitch, helping the squad to one of its best defensive seasons in history. The Bears' defense gave up only nine goals all season and holds the fourth lowest goals against average in the nation (.510).
Ingram, paced the squad offensively and started every game this season for the Bears. Ingram recorded seven goals off of 39 shots and added one assist. He recorded goals in five straight matches in September, becoming the first Bear in 17 years to achieve that milestone. He was named MVC Offensive player of the week two consecutive weeks on Sept. 19 and 26 for his efforts, becoming the first MSU player to earn that honor in consecutive weeks since 2009.
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