Five members of the Nebraska Wesleyan University men’s soccer team were named to the 2012 Great Plains Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer All-Conference that was announced Monday (Nov. 12). Forward Colby Twist led the NWU honors as he was named to the All-GPAC First-Team, while Matt Woodman, Nick Palacio, A.J. Johnson and Joe Platten received All-GPAC honorable mention recognition.
Twist (Omaha, Neb.) earns his third overall All-Conference honor as he was honorable mention All-GPAC in each of his first two seasons. As a junior in 2012, Twist was second in the GPAC in both goals per game and points per game. He had 14 goals with three assists on the season. His 14 goals ties for the eighth best single season in NWU history. Twist has now scored 29 goals in his career to rank sixth all-time.
Woodman (Kearney, Neb.) is an honorable mention All-GPAC player for the first time in his career. He started all 18 games at defender for the Prairie Wolves and served as team captain. He also scored three goals on the year, with one game-winning goal.
Palacio (Omaha, Neb.) is All-GPAC in his first season with the Prairie Wolves. The freshman from Creighton Prep H.S., started all 18 games for Nebraska Wesleyan and had one assist.
Johnson (Lincoln, Neb.) battled injury but still played in 16 games on the season to earn his second All-GPAC honor after also getting honorable mention All-GPAC as a freshman in 2010.
Platten (Salina, Kan.) also received his first All-Conference honor in his freshman season. Paltten played in 17 games as a defender for the Prairie Wolves.
Jordan Green from Hastings was the GPAC Offensive Player of the Year, while Brian Kudron from Hastings was Defensive player of the year. Chris Kranjc from Hastings was the GPAC Coach-of-the-Year.
NWU finished the 2012 season with a 8-7-3 overall record and a 5-4-1 record in the GPAC to finish fifth in the standings after being picked 10th in the preseason poll.