LakePoint, Ga. — One of the most decorated players in ASUN Conference Men's Soccer history, Lipscomb's Ivan Alvarado now has his sights set on the professional soccer world, where the midfielder hopes to make a splash this offseason. The Fort Worth, Texas native has all the tools to succeed at the next level, as he looks to make more history for the Bisons.
Alvarado recently became the first player in program history, and only the ninth in ASUN Men's Soccer history, to earn First Team All-Conference honors in all four of his seasons with the Bisons. The crafty left-footed midfielder pulled the strings for the Lipscomb midfield for four years as he set a new school record with 21 career assists. He displayed great consistency throughout his career, recording four or more assists in each of his four seasons. In his freshman campaign, which resulted in ASUN Freshman of the Year honors, Alvarado was dazzling as he recorded eight assists, becoming only the second Lipscomb player since 2008 to win the league's Freshman of the Year honor.
The Fort Worth, Texas native also displayed an eye for goal during his Lipscomb career, finishing with 13 total goals, including a game-winning goal against No. 10 ranked Xavier during the 2015 season. He formed a dynamic trio with teammates Ivan Sakou and Logan Paynter in his senior campaign, as the trio scored 21 of the team's 36 total goals. He finished his outstanding career with four game-winning goals and started 55 of 68 total games he played for the Bisons. His understanding of the game, movement, and range of passing made him an instant starter for head coach Charles Morrow at Lipscomb. He has a tireless work ethic on and off the field, which earned him NSCAA All-Southeast Region honors his sophomore and junior seasons.
The Lipscomb midfielder already has experience training with some of the MLS clubs over the past couple of seasons. Alvarado was a member of the Portland Timbers U-23 Premier Development League (PDL) squad in 2016, and looks to make an impression this offseason in hopes of becoming Lipscomb's first-ever MLS player. The ASUN Conference has produced some exciting young talent in recent years, with two MLS Draft Picks in the 2016 MLS Superdraft, and several others playing in the professional ranks. Alvarado hopes to receive an invite to the MLS Combine, which is usually held in the month of January with around 50 players receiving invitations to participate from the league.