| Hays Daily News
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – In Fort Hays State men’s football, eight players were named to the All-GAC team for the 2020-21 spring season on Friday. Blake Arndt is the offensive player of the year and the newcomer of the year, while the Tigers received four first-team, three second-team and one award.
The coaches of the seven teams voted Arndt the best offensive player at the conference. He finished the regular season with six games in the spring with five goals. He scored goals in four of the six games, including a two-goal game against Newman University, to kick off the spring. He led the Tigers in the six games leading up to the GAC tournament with 10 points. He is also expanding the selection of the offensive player of the year and the newcomer of the year to include the “All-GAC First-Team” award.
Kevin Black in midfield, Alec Bevis as defender and Kieran Brown as goalkeeper were also honored on the first team. Black enters the GAC tournament with three goals and two assists and generates eight points in six games. Bevis remains one of the conference’s top defenders after receiving the GAC Freshman of the Year award in 2019. He helped the Tiger Defense score three shutouts in six competitions, scoring team goals against an average of 0.83. Brown led the GAC in goals against average (0.52) and percent savings (0.880). Among the NCAA Division II ranks, Brown ranks eighth in savings and 16th in goals against the average of teams playing a regular season.
The second team awards go to midfielders Taisei Arima and Nico Cortes and defender Antonio De La Torre. Arima has played five out of six games this spring, scoring two goals with an assist. With five points, he is fourth on the team. Cortes was an Ironman for the Tigers in midfield, playing every 560 possible minutes in the spring while maintaining a constant presence in the middle of the field. De La Torre has been on the field in all six games and has two goals and two assists to thank for this spring, which equates to six points and is third on the team.
Jonathan Gammelvind received an Honorable Mention from the Defense Counsel. He played all but 17 minutes in the spring and provided a template for a goal scored so far this spring.