Three Tigers earn All-GPAC men’s soccer honors

Hugo Gonzalez

Hugo Gonzalez

Jose Lopez

Jose Lopez

Carlos Mora

Carlos Mora

MITCHELL, S.D. – Three members of the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s soccer team earned All-Great Plains Athletic Conference honors, it was announced by the league Monday afternoon. Senior Hugo Gonzalez was named to the second team and teammates Jose Lopez and Carlos Mora earned honorable mention accolades.

This is the third All-GPAC honor for Gonzalez, a Fairfax, Minn., native, He earned honorable mention status as a sophomore and first-team honors last season. In his third and final season with the Tigers, Gonzalez led the team with eight goals and five assists, and also put up a team-high 75 shots, including 44 on goal. He earned GPAC Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors in the final week of the regular season.

Gonzalez graduates with 21 total goals, 17 assists and 59 total points. He put up 187 shots – including 102 shots on goal – in three seasons, and scored six game-winning goals.

This is the second All-GPAC honor for Mora, a junior from Irving, Texas. He also earned honorable mention status as a junior in 2011. The 5-foot-5 midfielder had one assist and put up 19 shots, including 15 on goal. He started and played in 18 games for DWU this season, and was a vocal leader on the field for the team.

Lopez, a senior from Lewisville, Texas, earned his first All-GPAC honor in his final season with the team. He scored two goals and had four assists for the Tigers, and had one game-winning goal this season. Lopez had 20 shots, including seven on goal.

Dakota Wesleyan went 6-11-2 in 2012, including 3-5-2 in the conference, and made the league’s postseason tournament for the third straight year. The Tigers lose six seniors to graduation in May.

Hastings College swept the major awards, with forward Jordan Green winning the offensive player-of-the-year award and defender Brian Kudron being named the league’s defensive player-of-the-year. Bronco head coach Chris Kranjc was named the league’s coach-of-the-year.