TU's Mata Selected to All-Conference USA Preseason Men's Soccer Team
Aug. 8, 2012
Irving, Texas -Tulsa junior midfielder Omar Mata was selected to the All-Conference USA Preseason Men's Soccer Team, as announced today by the league office. The Golden Hurricane was also slated to finish sixth in the preseason poll, which is voted on by the league's coaches.
Mata, a two-year letterwinner, has started in 36 of 38 career contests, and has netted seven goals and seven assists for 21 points. As a sophomore, Mata was tabbed to the All-C-USA second team, was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Top-20 Players in C-USA list and was a Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week selection once. He was also honored to the C-USA All-Freshman team in 2010.
"I am very happy for Omar," Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. "He is very deserving of this honor. He is one of the more creative players in the league and we are looking forward to him having a great season."
South Carolina, which shared the regular season championship with UAB last season, was selected as the league's preseason favorite. SMU, which won the tournament title a year ago, was picked to finish second, while UCF rounds out the top three.
"Certainly we'd love to have been picked higher, but we understand that this is a very deep league," McIntosh said. "Conference USA was the third-best league in the country last year. Every game is going to be a challenge as it has been every year we've been in the league, but we are looking forward to getting started and competing again."
2012 Preseason All-Conference USA Team Anthony Hobbs, FIU Dylan Asher, Kentucky Tom Jackson, Marshall Anthony Virgara, Marshall Daniel Withrow, Marshall Liam Collins, Memphis Mark Sherrod, Memphis Juan Castillo, SMU Bradlee Baladez, South Carolina Omar Mata, Tulsa Reed Matte, UAB McKauly Tulloch, UCF Andrew Quintana, UCF
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