Coach calls Woodson ‘superb,’ and the league agrees

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Kyle Woodson finished his Fort Lewis College men’s soccer career on the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference first team. The senior defender was the Skyhawks’ only representative on the first team.

Herald Staff Report

Despite a somewhat disappointing season by its lofty standards, the Fort Lewis College men’s soccer team landed five players on the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams recently, including one on the first team.

Senior defender Kyle Woodson earned the nod as a first-team member. The Colorado Springs product scored twice from the back row for the Skyhawks this season and was a defensive anchor as an outside back, starting all 19 games as the Skyhawks went 9-8-2 this season.

“He’s been superb,” FLC head coach Oige Kennedy said in a news release. “He can be proud of his time at Fort Lewis. We wish him the best of luck with whatever he decides to do.”

Yannis Becker, Casey Dean and Artur Piperkov each landed on the second team, with Daniel Wilson picking up a third-team honor. Becker, a freshman from Germany, led FLC in scoring with 21 total points. He paced the Skyhawks with seven goals and seven assists in his first year on campus.

“I thought Yannis was a real candidate for RMAC Freshman of the Year,” Kennedy said of the award that ended up going to Danny Arrubla of Metro State.

Dean, a captain this year as a junior, finished with four goals and three assists for 11 points, good for second on the team in that category.

“Casey had a tough season in terms of being able to get the ball in the net. But he’s been the heart and soul of the team,” Kennedy said.

Piperkov split time between defense and midfield, amassing six assists – second only to Becker in that category – to go with a pair of goals.

“Artur has had a tough year, but he’s come up with big assists in games and given us a lot of quality from the right side of the field,” Kennedy said.

Wilson started 11 games and appeared in 15 in the central midfield for FLC after appearing in just three in 2011, and the senior mustered an assist as a central organizing factor for the FLC attack.

“I’m proud of Dan. He’s battled injuries, and he’s always come out stronger,” Kennedy said.

Tesho Akindele, a Colorado School of Mines striker, earned Offensive Player of the Year honors, while Taylor Diem of league champion Regis picked up the Defensive Player of the Year award. Regis coach Tony McCall was tabbed the RMAC’s top coach, while Mines’ Manville Strand picked up the top goalkeeper honor.

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