WMU News

Men's soccer places three on All-MAC teams

Nov. 15, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's men's soccer team had three players named to the All-Mid-American Conference teams for the 2004 season.

Sophomore midfielder Dustin Snyder was the lone Bronco tabbed to the first team, while senior Ryan Goldman and junior Edgar Rivera claimed spots on the second team.

Snyder, a transfer from Bowling Green State University, led the team with 25 points on 10 goals and five assists and owned three game-winning scores on the season. He ranks second in the MAC in goals, points, points per game (1.32 ppg) and is tied for fifth in assists.

"Dustin is a very skilled player who can control the flow in the midfield as well as move forward and finish chances in a variety of ways," head coach Chris Karwoski said. "He definitely deserves a spot among the top players in the league."

Goldman, a MAC Player of the Week selection earlier this year, enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2004. Second on the roster with 23 points, including 10 goals, he tied a school record versus Bowling Green by netting four goals. He ranks second in the MAC in goals and goals-per-game and third in the league in points and points per game.

"Ryan came into the season playing with a lot of confidence after a strong off-season," Karwoski said. "His performance ranks among one of the best we have ever had at WMU."

Rivera tied for the conference lead in assists with eight and assists per game. His lone goal of the season was the game winner against Detroit, and he appeared in all 19 matches.

"Edgar played a key role in our offensive production, as his assist total indicates," Karwoski said. "He is a solid all-around player who contributes to our success in a number of areas."

WMU, the defending MAC champion, finished the season with a 9-7-4 record, losing to league champion Akron in the conference tournament title game. After starting the season 2-6-0, the Broncos rallied for a 7-1-4 finish, their only loss coming in the championship match.

Media contact: Scott Kuykendall, 269 387-4138, scott.kuykendall@wmich.edu

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