More soccer honors for Bulldogs

By Steve Sell
December 19, 2014

Three McPherson College men's soccer players have been named to the NSCAA All-Plains Region team as the 22nd-ranked team in the nation continues to pile up postseason honors.

Alex Ronneburg (Dortmund, Germany) and Oscar Cortez (Dallas, Texas) made the first team while Danny Calleja (Oceanside, Calif.) was chosen as a second-team member.

"I am very proud of these guys and the work that they put in in 2014," McPherson coach Doug Quint said. "Their honor is very well deserved. Each of these young men have proven themselves to be amongst the best this game has to offer. I am thankful every day to have had the opportunity to work with them."

Ronneburg, who was the KCAC Offensive Player and Newcomer of the Year as well as an NAIA All-American, led the Bulldogs in scoring with 12 goals. Add in nine assists and he accumulated a team-high 33 points. He started in 19 games this season and played in 1,353 minutes, the most of any forward for the Bulldogs.

Cortez received his second-straight NSCAA honor and he is the only American on the 2014 All-Plains Region first team. This is the third award the Texas native has received following the team's 14-4-2 season. He also was chosen the KCAC’s Most Valuable Player and a NAIA All-American. Cortez played and started in each one of Mac's 20 contests during his senior season, scoring five goals and dealing out eight assists.

Calleja is the lone defender to make this list for Mac and is one of just seven Americans on the two squads. He was the point-player on the back line. Mac’s defense came up with 10 shutouts, including five straight at one point.