LONG BEACH, Calif. – University of New Mexico senior defender Kyle Venter has wrapped up one of the most decorated careers in Lobo Soccer history. It should come as no surprise that Venter has received his fourth national individual accolade on Monday; a spot on TopDrawerSoccer’s Top XI Team. The award is the highest individual award given by the national soccer media outlet and acts as their “All-America” honor.
Venter was selected to TopDrawerSoccer’s National Best XI First Team as one of the top eleven players in the country. He was the only Conference USA player selected among the three National Best XI teams and one of only seven players west of the Mississippi River to be named to a team. The Aurora, Colorado native was a member of TopDrawerSoccer’s National Best XI Second Team last season as a junior.
As for that decorated career, the senior became the program’s first ever three-time All-American. Venter also became the program’s all-time leader in career minutes played at 7,859 minutes. He was the Conference USA Most Valuable Player while also being named C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. He became the first Lobo to be named to a Senior CLASS Award team, which is given to only ten collegiate soccer players a year who represent the complete student-athlete experience.
His on-the-field accolades are rivaled by his academic awards. He’s taken home Academic All-America, All-District and All-Conference honors in his Lobo career.
The senior defender has been selected to attend the 2014 MLS Combine in Orlando a week before January’s MLS SuperDraft.