Southland Conference Announces 2019 All-Conference Soccer Teams

first_img MF Sophia Fondren2 Stephen F. Austin Jr. Frisco, Texas MF Rachel Palet2 McNeese Sr. Plano, Texas Monday’s announcement saw six repeat honorees with Abilene Christian’s Christina Arteaga being the lone three-time selection. The Wildcats also had a trio of two-time selections in Michelle Mulrooney, Shay Johnson and Rachel Johnson. McNeese’s Rachel Palet and Havana Johnson, and Stephen F. Austin’s Sophia Fondren all earned their second all-league nod. D Juana Plata Lamar So. Houston Texas Northwestern State and UIW earned five spots, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi placed four on the teams. McNeese, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin were responsible for three selections each, and Central Arkansas rounded out the institutions represented with one all-conference player. Northwestern State sophomore Nicole Henry earned Defender of the Year recognition, using her speed to anchor a Demons back line that held opponents to just over eight shots per game in Southland matches. She limited quality chances as well with just about half of those shots going on goal. Player of the Year:  Lucy Ashworth, LamarFreshman of the Year: Natalie Jones, Abilene ChristianNewcomer of the Year: Esther Okoronkwo, LamarDefender of the Year: Nicole Henry, Northwestern StateMidfielder of the Year: Shay Johnson, Abilene ChristianForward of the Year:  Lucy Ashworth, LamarGoalkeeper of the Year: Kyleigh Hall, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiCoach of the Year: Steve Holeman, Lamar MF Anna Loftus Lamar So. Milton Keynes, England Ashworth also garners Forward of the Year laurels after tying for the league lead in points (47) with teammate Esther Okoronkwo, the league’s Newcomer of the Year. Ashworth’s 17 goals were second only to Okoronkwo and her conference-high 13 assists are the second-most in a single season in Southland history. MF Natalie Jones Abilene Christian Fr. Lubbock, Texas MF Isabelle Beletic UIW Jr. Corpus Christi, Texas D Nicole Henry Northwestern State So. Tomball, Texas F Jalen Donaldson Northwestern State So. Richmond, British Columbia First Team F Esther Okoronkwo Lamar R-Jr. Richmond, Texas MF Kaisa Juvonen Lamar Fr. Tampere, Finland 2019 Southland Conference Soccer All-Conference Teams F Madison Ledet Lamar Jr. Nederland, Texas D Ana Campa UIW Sr. San Antonio, Texas D Hallie Field Northwestern State Fr. Frisco, Texas For participating teams, individual superlative winners and all-conference selections will be honored before their first games at the 2019 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament in Conway, Ark., taking place Nov. 6-10. F Keeley Ayala UIW So. Wichita Falls, Texas The Southland Conference Soccer All-Conference Teams are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches and SIDs. Each team consists of four defenders, four midfielders, four forwards and a goalkeeper. F Brooke Hanson UIW Sr. New Braunfels, Texas D Michelle Mulrooney2 Abilene Christian Sr. Lodi, Calif. MF Brianna Woodall Sam Houston State R-Jr. Kingwood, Texas Pos. Name School Class Hometown MF Shay Johnson2 Abilene Christian Sr. Coppell, Texas D Alyssia Anuat Abilene Christian So. San Diego, Calif. Abilene Christian became the first Southland institution to take home four-straight Freshman of the Year honors as defender Natalie Jones follows in the footsteps of Alyssia Anuat, Christina Arteaga and Shay Johnson. Jones played in all but two matches, tallying seven goals and seven assists. Her seven assists rank second just behind Ashworth, and her 13 points in league play tied for sixth. D Natalee Henry Northwestern State So. Tomball, Texascenter_img Pos. Name School Class Hometown Third Team D Keely Morrow McNeese Jr. Nevada, Texas A year after redshirting due to injury, Okoronkwo – a Northeast Texas Community College product – racked up 19 goals for the regular-season champions. The league leader in game-winning goals (six), she ranked second nationally in points and goals. Okoronkwo’s 16 goals in conference play gave her an average of nearly 1.5 goals per match. Pos. Name School Class Hometown MF Hannah Walsh UIW Fr. Preston, England GK Madeline Talbot Stephen F. Austin R-So. Shreveport, La. D Brooke Lenz Abilene Christian Sr. Spring, Texas GK Rachel Johnson2 Abilene Christian R-Sr. Coppell, Texas F Lucy Ashworth Lamar Jr. Wigan, England The Midfielder of the Year Award goes to Abilene Christian senior Shay Johnson, who has been a key to the Wildcats’ transition game and aiding a defense that ranks third in the league in goals allowed. She made the most of her three goals in conference play as two of them went down as game-winners. Johnson finished the year with six goals and a pair of assists. F Emma Hawkins Central Arkansas Fr. Forney, Texas D Alana Mangan Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Fr. Bedford, Texas Second Team D Shayla Spearman Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. Wichita Falls, Texas GK Kyleigh Hall Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. Mansfield, Texas D Sophia Manibo Lamar Jr. Beaumont, Texas F Christina Arteaga3 Abilene Christian Jr. Pflugerville, Texas MF Kalynn Bickford Sam Houston State Fr. Mansfield, Texas MF Abby Deakin Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. Broomfield, Colo. F Katelyn Termini Stephen F. Austin Jr. Frisco, Texas 2 – Two-time all-conference selection3 – Three-time all-conference selection Lamar head man Steve Holeman was named the Coach of the Year for the second time in the last three seasons after leading the Cardinals to their second regular-season championship in that span. Following an early loss to Northwestern State, LU responded by winning nine-straight league matches, outscoring opponents 34-13 during that stretch. F Havana Johnson2 McNeese Jr. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho F Sammi Mayock Sam Houston State Jr. Round Rock, Texas The Cardinals led the way with eight total selections on the three teams, followed by defending conference tournament champion Abilene Christian with seven. Both the Cardinals and Wildcats placed four each on the top squad. F Caylen Wright Abilene Christian Fr. Joshua, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Lamar junior Lucy Ashworth is the 2019 Southland Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Year, the league announced Monday along with the all-conference teams. MF Olivia Mattson Northwestern State Fr. Mariehamn, Finlandlast_img