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Soccer - Wed, Nov. 9, 2011
Lucido named MCC Newcomer of the Year; Costa named H.M. All-MCC
MOUNT PLEASANT - Iowa Wesleyan College freshman Erin Lucido (St. Louis, Mo.) was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer Newcomer of the Year Wednesday as the conference released its postseason awards for both men's and women's soccer.

Lucido received the women's newcomer award and also was named Honorable Mention All-MCC, the lone IWC women's player to receive recognition. Another Tiger freshman, Caio Costa (Sao Paolo, Brazil), was named an honorable mention selection on the conference's list of men's soccer all-conference awards.

Lucido is the first IWC women's soccer player in school history to be named MCC Newcomer of the Year. The freshman forward was part of a record-breaking season for the Tiger women's program, finishing with 15 goals and eight assists for 38 points. She blew away the school marks in both goals and points in a season, and also tied the school mark for assists in a season.

Lucido somehow was not named first team all-conference despite finishing among the top three in the MCC in all of the major offensive statistical categories. She was second in the conference in assists, points, assists per game (0.42) and points per game (2.00), tied for second in goals, and third in goals per game (0.79), shots (82) and shots per game (4.32). She also tied teammate Kelly Wetherald (Fr.-Homer Glen, Ill.) for fifth in the conference with three game-winning goals.

Despite finishing fifth in the conference regular season standings, no other IWC women's players received conference recognition. The Tigers set school records for most wins in a season (nine), most goals (41), assists (36), points scored (118) as well as fewest goals allowed (35), and improved from 1-15-1 overall and 0-8 in the MCC last year to 9-10 overall and 3-5 in conference this season.

Costa was the lone member of the IWC men's team to receive all-conference recognition after a strong freshman season. The midfielder finished with six goals and two assists for 14 points, leading the team in both goals and points. He also led the MCC in shots per game, averaging 3.92 shot per game and also was fifth in the conference in shots taken with 47.

Costa was the most skilled player on the Tiger men's team, which improved its win total by two this year form 2010 and finished 4-12 overall and 1-7 in the MCC. IWC qualified for the conference tournament after missing the tourney last year and gave top seeded Mount Mercy University a good game before losing to the regular season co-champions in the quarterfinals.

MCC Men's Soccer All-Conference Team
MCC Women's Soccer All-Conference Team