KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Senior Lucas Almeida and freshmen Daniel Dreier and Fernando Machadol who were instrumental in helping the Ashford University men’s soccer reach the national semifinals for the first time in program history, have earned NAIA All-America honors.
Almeida, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was named to the second team, while Dreier earned a spot on the third team and Machado was named honorable mention.
Almeida was named the 2013 Association of Independent Institutions Player of the Year after scoring 11 goals and adding 10 assists to bring his career total to 47 goals and 27 helpers. In addition, he fired 73 shots with 36 landing on goal, was 5-for-6 in penalty shots and potted four game-winning tallies.
The first-team All-A.I.I. players is the first second-team All-American in program history.
Dreier, from Wellendorf, Germany, established himself as an offensive force in his first year on the pitch for Ashford, scoring 18 goals and adding 10 assists for a team-high 46 points. Dreier rewrote the Ashford record book, setting single-season program records for goals and points while launching 70 shots with 33 landing on goal and netting four game-winning goals.
Dreier earned the first third-team honors in program history and was also first-team All-A.I.I.
Machado, also from Sao Paulo, solidified one of the two middle back positions in his first season for the Saints, adding one goal and one assist on the season. He took18 shots, with seven landing on goal. His first career goal against Mount Mercy on Oct. 22 was also a game-winner.
Like Almeida and Dreier, Machado also earned a spot on the All-A.I.I. first team.
Rocky Mountain’s (Mont.) Oliver Gore was selected as the 2013 Select Sport America-NAIA Player of the Year, becoming the school’s first player to earn the award. The Stafford, England, native scored a team-high 20 goals and added nine assists for the Battlin’ Bears, who qualified for the 2013 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship.
The NAIA All-America committee, which is comprised of the NAIA-Men’s Soccer Coaches Association officers and four additional men’s soccer coaches, select the three teams consisting of 11 individuals each.
The Saints finished 2013 with a 16-4-2 record and made it to the NAIA semifinals, losing to eventual champion, Martin Methodist (Tenn.).