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Junior Defender Named to Preseason Award List

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Junior Kentucky defender Dylan Asher has been selected to the preseason All-Conference USA team, in a voting of league coaches, it was announced by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon.Kentucky

Asher, a native of Richardson, Texas, has become a key defensive member in his three seasons in a Kentucky uniform and in 2010 became the second freshman All-America selection in program history.

A vital member on last year’s 2011 team, Asher saw action in 13 games (11 starting assignments) and logged the third-most minutes by a defender for the 2011 squad. For the year, Asher tallied three assists and three total points for the Wildcats as the team finished with a 9-9-2 record and ending the year winning three straight matches and four of the last five.

In a 2-1 win over No. 9 Michigan on opening weekend in 2012, Asher set up Tyler Riggs for the tying and game-winning goals. His final assist of the year came at 25th-ranked South Carolina when he once again found Riggs to help Kentucky to a tie as the Gamecocks played for the league regular-season title.

In 2010, Asher accumulated the most minutes of all Wildcats with 1767 minutes of action while helping to lead Kentucky to a 7-8-4 mark and a 4-2-2 conference record in C-USA. After the 2010 season he was named second-team All-Conference USA and to the All-Freshman C-USA team.

UK opens the 2012 regular season in Dayton, Ohio, vs. the Dayton Flyers on Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. ET. The first home match will take place on Sept. 7 vs. Saint Joseph’s at the UK Soccer Complex.

2012 Preseason All-Conference USA

Anthony Hobbs, FIU

Dylan Asher, Kentucky

Tom Jackson, Marshall

Anthony Virgara, Marshall

Daniel Withrow, Marshall

Liam Collins, Memphis

Mark Sherrod, Memphis

Juan Castillo, SMU

Bradlee Baladez, South Carolina

Omar Mata, Tulsa

Reed Matter, UAB

McKauly Tulloch, UCF

Andrew Quintana, UCF

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