KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Fort Hays State men's soccer team had five Tigers honored with United Soccer Coaches All-Central Region selections for the 2018 season. Forward Santiago Agudelo, midfielder Tobias Patino, defenders Raul Fierro and Luis Torres and goalkeeper Fernando Pina earned the distinction.
A junior forward, Agudelo claims his second all-region honor as a Tiger after being selected as the Central Region Player of the Year and earning D2CCA All-Central Region First Team honors. Agudelo was named the MIAA Player of the Year and earned First Team All-MIAA honors. He led the nation in goals (26), total points (58), shots per match (5.82), shots on goal per match (3.29), game-winning goals (eight), goals per match (1.53) and points per match (3.41). Agudelo set team records for all seven of these categories, including shots (100) and shots on goal (57) for the season. He converted a goal in a program-record seven-consecutive matches, breaking the previous record of six (Abdoulaye Cisse, 2017). In addition to these season records, Agudelo set the record for points in a match (10), goals in a match (five), shots in a match (13) and shots on goal in a match (eight). The Frisco, Texas native recorded four hat tricks throughout the season.
Patino, a senior midfielder, was named to the D2CCA All-Central Region Second Team and earned All-MIAA first team honors. He leads the team in assists (ten). This is Patino's first selection on the United Soccer Coaches All-Central Region team.
Fierro, a senior defender, was named to the D2CCA All-Central Region Second Team and earned All-MIAA First Team honors. He ranks fourth on the squad in minutes played on the pitch (1,603).
Pina, a senior goalkeeper, was a force in goal for the Tigers in 2018. He ranked 12th in the country in goals against average (.634) and save percentage (.829). Pina was named to the D2CCA All-Central Region First Team and earned All-MIAA First Team honors.
Torres, a senior defender, was named to the D2CCA All-Central Region First Team and earned All-MIAA First Team honors. He led the team in minutes played on the pitch this season (1,690). Torres scored five goals and added two assists for a total of 12 points. This is Torres' third straight honor on the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) All-Central Region team.
Ten of the 11 members of the United Soccer Coaches All-Central Region team represent the MIAA. Northeastern State earned four spots, while Lindenwood garnered one spot on the team.