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Spivey named to First Team All-HCAC

Former Mercer County and current Transylvania soccer player Tate Spivey was recently named First-Team All-HCAC.

Daarik Gray

Herald Staff

Former Mercer County Senior High School soccer standout Tate Spivey and current Transylvania player Tate Spivey was recently named First Team All Heartland College Athletic Conference (HCAC).

“Being named First Team All-HCAC is an honor. It’s a good feeling when all of your hard work pays off,” said Spivey, who is a senior defedner at Transylvania.

Spivey received the honor for helping lead the team to a 5-1-3 record within the conference and an 8-4-7 record overall. He also helped lead his team to the best goals against average in the HCAC at 0.68 goals allowed per game.

“It takes a lot of pride to play defense. You do the the dirty work, while everyone else gets to do the fun things, like scoring,” said Spivey. “We took a lot of pride in having the best goals against average. That was our goal from the beginning of the season.

Although primarily a defensive player, Spivey has been known to also contribute on the offensive end.

In 2015, he started in all 16 games that he played in, tallying one goal, a game winner against conference rival Bluffton on Oct. 24.

Throughout his career Spivey played in 69 games, starting in 64 of those contests. He finished with seven career goals and in his four years Transylvania finished with a 48-17-12 record.

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