Four receive honors from United Soccer Coaches

By FHSU SPORTS INFORMATION

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fort Hays State Men’s Soccer had four players named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Central Region Team for the 2021 season. The Tigers had four of the 11 selections to the team, the most of any in the Central Region. All four received D2CCA All-Central Region honors earlier this year. The list includes Taisei Arima, Blake Arndt, Alec Bevis, and Kieran Brown.

Arima adds this honor after being named the GAC/MIAA Offensive Player of the Year. Arima finished with 24 points for the season, providing a balanced eight goals and eight assists this season for the Tigers. Three of the eight assists were in the NCAA Tournament, providing the helpers on Blake Arndt’s game-winning goals in each of Fort Hays State’s tournament wins. Arima generated all 21 of his regular season points in GAC/MIAA matches.

Arndt collects another all-region honor at forward. He finished the year as the team and region leader in goals scored with 13 and points with 30. He had four assists for the season. Arndt posted nine points in postseason matches with four goals and one assist. He provided the game-winning goals against Northeastern State in the GAC/MIAA Tournament Championship, the NCAA Round of 32 contest against Wisconsin-Parkside, and the NCAA Round of 16 contest against Lake Erie. He finished the year with six game-winning goals, which ranked third in NCAA Division II.

Bevis adds another accolade to his resume this year after receiving both D2CCA All-Region and All-America honors. The 2021 GAC/MIAA Defender of the Year helped the Tigers to eight shutouts this season and an 0.89 goals against average by the time the Tigers had completed their run to the national quarterfinals in the NCAA Tournament. Bevis has garnered all-conference honors three straight years and all-region honors two years at FHSU.

Brown adds this honor to his all-region first team selection from the D2CCA. Brown finished with an 0.83 goals against average for the season and an .812 save percentage, while posting eight shutouts. His goals against average, save percentage, and shutout count ranked among the Top 20 nationally in NCAA Division II.

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