UK soccer stars Asher, Lodge earn honors

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky men's soccer standouts Dylan Asher and Matt Lodge have been selected Third-Team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Midwest Region in a voting of region coaches, it was announced.

Asher and Lodge were each named to the third-team on the NSCAA All-Midwest Region Team, the second-consecutive year the duo were named to the third-team All-Midwest Region. Asher and Lodge mark the 19th-consecutive year UK has placed at least one member on the all-region team.

A second-team All-Conference USA honoree, Asher has been a fixture on the backline for the Wildcats since arriving on campus as a freshman in 2010, earning Freshman All-America accolades. A versatile defender who has an ability to play in the midfield, Asher battled injuries in 2011 but still managed to make 11 starts, with three assists. A 2010 Freshman All-Conference USA and second-team All-Conference USA selection, Asher has played in 32 games with two starts in his two-year career. A native of Richardson, Texas, Asher was named a third-team freshman All-America by CollegeSoccerNews.com in 2010.

Lodge, a native of Rossington, England, has now earned two NSCAA All-Midwest Region accolades and three All-Conference USA honors. A junior forward, Lodge is an explosive offensive talent, ranking among the UK career leaders in nearly every offensive category. Lodge ranks eighth in UK career history in goals (17), seventh in points (49), fifth in assists (15), fifth in shots (137) and eighth in game-winning goals (six).

Lodge totaled 24 points in 2011, ranking sixth in UK single-season history, with his 10 assists ranking as the second-most in UK single-season history. All told as a junior, Lodge appeared in 187 games with 16 starts despite missing the final three games of the year due to injury, totaling seven goals and 10 assists. Lodge's 62 total shots ranked second in UK single-season history. Following the year, Lodge was named third-team All-Conference USA.

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