RICHARDSON — Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore forward Rolando Nieto of Waxahachie has been chosen second-team all-American Southwest Conference in men’s soccer after a vote of the league’s head coaches, the conference has announced.
Nieto finished the 2019 season with seven goals and three assists as UMHB finished 11-6-2 and 7-3-1 in conference play and reached the ASC tournament semifinals. He started 15 of 16 games, played 57 minutes in the one match where he came in off the bench, and placed 23 of 46 shots on goal.
In the second week of October, Nieto was named the ASC men’s soccer Offensive Player of the Week after he helped the Crusaders to a 2-0 week, scoring three goals. He opened with two goals against Howard Payne in UMHB's 5-0 win, scoring in the 54th and 57th minutes. He followed that with the game-winning goal in the 54th minute against Sul Ross State.
Last year as a freshman, Nieto tied UMHB’s single-season record for assists with 11. Nieto played in all 21 games, made 14 starts and played 1,331 minutes as an outside midfielder.
Nieto is a psychology major at UMHB. He played three years of varsity soccer at Waxahachie High School, where he was a three-time all-district honoree. He was named Utility Player of the Year as a junior and took home District MVP as a senior, earning all-region honors.