ST. PAUL, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Morris men’s soccer team had five members of the team honored by the UMAC on Wednesday with the release of the all-conference teams. Carter Watkinson was a Second Team All-UMAC selection, the trio of Lucas Harmon, Mo Hoefs, and Mayson Palen were each named Honorable Mention, and Cooper Jones garnered the team’s Sportsmanship Award.
Watkinson, a junior from Farmington, Minn., earned a spot on the Second Team after being named Honorable Mention in last year’s spring season. Watkinson led the Cougars with five goals scored on the year, and tied with Carver Hammond for the team lead with five assists. Four of those goals and all five assists came in UMAC play, with two of those goals winding up as game-winners for the Cougars. Watkinson also had 42 of his team-best 48 shots come in conference matches.
Harmon, a senior from Winona, Minn., took Honorable Mention honors after playing every minute of every match for the Cougars in 2021. IN UMAC play he had a 2.20 goals-against average with 79 saves and a .712 save percentage. On the season he played 1,859 minutes and had a pair of shutouts with 116 saves.
Hoefs, a freshman from Grand Forks, N.D., was named Honorable Mention as a defender and midfielder. One of the more versatile and physical players on the field for the Cougars, Hoefs made an instant impact by playing in all 20 matches and making 19 starts. He finished with three assists in UMAC play.
Palen, a freshman from Missoula, Mont., was the final Honorable Mention choice for Minnesota Morris. Another player who came in and made his mark on the lineup right from the start, Palen started all 20 matches and had all four of his goals and both assists come in UMAC play. Goals Palen scored against Crown College on Sept. 18 and Martin Luther College on Oct. 9 were game-winners for the Cougars.
The UMAC also honors one team member from each institution with a Sportsmanship Award. The winner of this year’s award for Minnesota Morris went to Jones, a freshman from Mankato, Minn.
Minnesota Morris ended the 2021 season with a 5-13-2 overall mark, including a 5-7-2 record in the UMAC to finish in fifth place, just two points out of a UMAC Tournament spot.