Cowgirls Picked To Win 16th Straight ASC Title

Cowgirls Picked To Win 16th Straight ASC Title

 

ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' women's soccer team was picked to win its 16th straight American Southwest Conference title in a vote of the league's head coaches and sports information directors.

The Cowgirls went 23-1 a year ago and advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four. The Cowgirls return six starters from last year's team.

Senior forward Kenne Kessler was named the preseason ASC offensive player of the year and senior goalkeeper Caitlin Christiansen was named the preseason defensive player of the year in the league.

Kessler, who was the ASC female athlete of the year last season and was a first-team all-American, is back after scoring 37 goals last year.

Christiansen had a 0.36 goals against average a year ago. Senior Josey Meyer was also named to the preseason watch list. She led the nation in assists a year ago with 24.

The Cowgirls received 25 of the 26 first-place votes and easily outdistanced second-place Mary Hardin-Baylor 311-281. UT Dallas was picked third, East Texas Baptist is fourth, Sul Ross State was fifth and LeTourneau sixth. Concordia, Howard Payne, Ozarks, McMurry, Belhaven and Louisiana College rounded out the poll. UT Tyler is ineligible for the league title this season.

The 2018 season will get underway Friday, August 31 as eight ASC teams take the field in their season opener.  

 

ASC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll

(First Place Votes)

Rank

Team

Pts.

2017 Record (ASC)

1.

Hardin-Simmons (25)

311

23-1 (12-0)

2.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (1)

281

16-4-1 (10-1-1)

3.

UT Dallas

258

16-4 (10-2)

4.

East Texas Baptist

225

13-5-2 (8-3-1)

5.

Sul Ross State

185

8-7-1 (6-5-1)

6.

LeTourneau

160

9-7-3 (5-5-2)

7.

Concordia Texas

150

10-8 (6-6)

8.

Howard Payne

123

5-9-1 (4-8)

9.

Ozarks

97

7-9-1 (3-8-1)

10.

McMurry

96

4-14 (1-11)

11.

Belhaven #

57

2-14-1 (1-11)

12.

Louisiana College

46

2-13-2 (1-11)

 

UT Tyler &

n/a

11-5-1 (8-4)

# Ineligible for 2018 ASC Championship / NCAA Championship (NCAA Division III Provisional)

& Ineligible for 2018 ASC Championship / NCAA Championship (NCAA Division II Reclassifying)

 

ASC Women's Soccer Preseason Players of the Year

Offense: Kenne Kessler, Sr., F, Hardin-Simmons

Defense: Caitlin Christiansen, Sr., GK, Hardin-Simmons

 

ASC Women's Soccer Players to Watch List

Name

Cl.

Pos.

Team

Hometown

Kibriana Bonner *

So.

D

East Texas Baptist

Humble, Texas

Caitlin Christiansen *

Sr.

GK

Hardin-Simmons

Albuquerque, N.M.

Landri Edwards *

So.

D

UT Tyler

Katy, Texas

Keely Fillman *

So.

M

UT Dallas

Los Angeles, Calif.

Emily Fisher *

So.

D

McMurry

Fort Worth, Texas

Ashlynn Folse *

Jr.

M

Louisiana College

Thibodaux, La.

Melissa Fulfer *

Sr.

F

UT Dallas

Arlington, Texas

Lesly Garcia

So.

F

Howard Payne

Houston, Texas

Brooke Gibbs *

Sr.

M

Howard Payne

Fort Worth, Texas

Haley Gillespie

Jr.

M

Sul Ross State

Judson, Texas

Cayla Gonzalez *

So.

M

Concordia Texas

Austin, Texas

Dayane Gutierrez

Sr.

M

Howard Payne

Haltom City, Texas

Rachel Hamilton *

Sr.

D

Sul Ross State

San Antonio, Texas

Keely Hayden

Sr.

M

LeTourneau

Alvin, Texas

Kiara Henry *

Jr.

GK

Ozarks

Rogers, Ark.

Jennifer Hosey

Sr.

F

Belhaven

Richland, Miss.

Kathleen Johnson *

Sr.

M

UT Tyler

Arlington, Texas

Telisa Jones

Sr.

D

Sul Ross State

Houston, Texas

Delaney Kennedy *

So.

F

Concordia Texas

Friendswood, Texas

Kenne Kessler *

Sr.

F

Hardin-Simmons

Highland Village, Texas

Madison Link *

Sr.

D

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Tomball, Texas

Cristen Lumbreras *

Sr.

F

McMurry

Brownsville, Texas

Jennifer Martin *

So.

M

LeTourneau

Allen, Texas

Josey Meyer *

Sr.

M

Hardin-Simmons

Waco, Texas

Kaycee Moore *

Jr.

F

Concordia Texas

Azle, Texas

Hannah Murin *

So.

F

East Texas Baptist

Mansfield, Texas

Angelica Navarro *

So.

M

McMurry

Fort Worth, Texas

Rebecca Peterson *

So.

M

Ozarks

Coweta, Okla.

McKenna Raines

Jr.

M

Louisiana College

League City, Texas

Sydney Rangel *

Sr.

D

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Midlothian, Texas

Erica Rempel *

Jr.

F

Belhaven

San Antonio, Texas

Ashleigh Rondon *

So.

F

East Texas Baptist

Carrollton, Texas

Caitlyn Scheibal

So.

D

Louisiana College

Edwardsville, Ill.

Caitlyn Shaughnessy *

Sr.

F

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Lampasas, Texas

Kelli Sonnier *

Jr.

F

LeTourneau

Lake Charles, La.

Kaelyn Steitz *

Sr.

M

UT Tyler

McKinney, Texas

Megan Theros *

Jr.

D

UT Dallas

Batavia, Texas

Alex Trammel

Jr.

D

Belhaven

Madison, Miss.

Georgia Warren *

Jr.

D

Ozarks

Wexford, Ireland

2017 All-Conference Selection*

 

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