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Dustin Dawes Named Marshall Student Athlete of the Week

Dec. 14, 2009

Senior men's soccer player Dustin Dawes has been named Marshall Student Athlete of the Week. Dawes was awarded the honor after being selected first team All-Region Dec. 10.

Dawes guided the Herd to its best season since joining Conference USA in 2005. MU, after being picked to finish eighth in preseason polls, posted a record of 10-7-2 (6-2 C-USA), and took second place in both regular-season and post-season play. The Nashville, Tenn., native had quite the impressive senior season. Dawes tallied seven goals, four of which were game-winning goals, two assists, and racked up a team-high 16 points. His four game-winning goals were the most in C-USA.

While playing in front of a hometown crowd at the Belmont Invitational, Dawes guided MU to its first win of the season as he scored a second half hat-trick in the span of nine minutes, en route to a 4-1 victory. In the first C-USA match of the season, Dawes sent the Herd home from Lexington with a 1-0 double-overtime triumph against then ranked No. 22 Kentucky Wildcats. He carried that momentum into the next conference match as he netted the game-winner at FIU in a 2-1 victory.

Dawes' fourth game-winner came in a 4-1 route of SMU at Sam Hood Field. The senior connected on a penalty kick attempt in the second half which proved to be the decisive goal in the match. In the final home match of his career, Dawes buried a header into the back of the net in the first half against UAB, as Marshall went on to defeat the Blazers 3-2. The win secured MU the second seed in the conference tournament.

His consistent play was recognized throughout the league by all coaches as Dawes was an All-Conference USA First Team selection. He was also a member of the All-Conference USA Tournament Team.