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The Independent Voice of Southern Methodist University Since 1915

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The SMU men’s soccer team dominated the Conference USA post season awards, after a magical run through the regular season that only saw one loss by the Mustangs.

The team received several prestigious accolades just a few days before departing to Memphis to compete in the Conference USA tournament.

Head Coach Tim Clements received Coach of the Year honors after leading SMU to a 15-1 (7-1 C-USA) record and a regular season conference title. McClements is in his third year at SMU but was successful prior to his arrival at the Hilltop considering this is his second Coach of the Year award. In 2005, he was named Missouri Valley Coach of the Year while at Vanderbilt.

Junior Arthur Ivo, who has been a constant offensive threat for the Mustangs, took home Co-MVP and Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors and was also named to the All-Conference USA first team.

The junior is second on the team in goals with seven and tied for second in assists with four. Eleven of Ivo’s 18 points came in conference play, ranking him second in league scoring.

Ivo is a wizard when it comes to penalty kicks; the junior converted two this season including a double-overtime game-winner against then-No.16 Creighton. Ivo twice received Conference USA Player of the Week honors and was named the NSCAA National Player of the Week in mid October.

Freshman forward Juan Castillo didn’t do too shabby himself this year. Castillo’s efforts as a true freshman reaped huge benefits as he took home the Freshman of the Year award and was named to the All-Freshman Team and All-Conference USA second team.

Castillo has been a force to be reckoned with all season long for the Mustangs. The freshman registered a six-game goal-scoring streak during the month of September, including three consecutive game-winners and was named the NSCAA National Player of the Week during the month as well.

Castillo led SMU in goals with nine, points with 22, and game-winning goals with four. He also tied for second on the team in assists. His goals scored tie him for the conference lead and his points rank him second among all scorers in C-USA.

The senior trio of midfielder Josue Soto, midfielder Kekoa Osorio and defender Leone Cruz were also named second team all conference.

Soto comfortably led the Mustangs in assists with seven. He is is second in points with 19 and third in goals with six.

The senior also went two for two in penalty kicks this season including a game-winner against then No. 20 South Carolina.

Osorio who was selected Third Team All-Conference in 2009, improved as a senior and helped the Mustangs on the defensive side of the ball. The senior also proved he could contribute on offense and earned an assist on Soto’s game-winner against South Carolina.

Cruz has also been a defensive stalwart for SMU and has shown some versatility on offense, tallying one goal and three assists on the year.

Midfielders Zach Barnes and Robbie Derschang joined Casillo on the All- Freshman team.

Barnes compiled five goals on the season, which tied for fourth on the team with Derschang.

Derschang recorded 13 points this year with three assists and five goals, including two game winners.

Junior defender Adam Still was named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team. The junior scored his first career goal on an amazing 75-yard shot against No. 17 Tulsa.

The Mustangs will face South Carolina in the semi-finals at 5 p.m. on Friday. The Gamecocks are coming off a 2-1 quarterfinal victory over UAB. SMU defeated South Carolina 3-1 earlier this year.

 

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