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Southland Announces 2018 Preseason All-Conference Soccer Teams

first_img MF Taylor Pritchard Sam Houston State Jr. Helotes, Texas GK Alanis Guevara Houston Baptist Sr. Cedar Park, Texas F Carlota Suarez Crespo* Sam Houston State Jr. Madrid, Spain Pos. Name School Class Hometown D Michelle Mulrooney Abilene Christian Jr. Lodi, Calif. Returning players from the 2017 All-Conference First and Second teams are automatically named to the 2018 Preseason All-Conference teams at their same positions. Second team players are elevated to first team if the first team slot is vacated by a non-returning player at their same position. Vacant positions are nominated and voted upon by the conference’s head coaches. Voting for one’s own player is not permitted. Pos. Name School Class Hometown FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference announced the 2018 Soccer Preseason All-Conference Teams on Wednesday. Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist and Lamar University lead the way with four total selections each. Preseason All-Conference First Team GK Emma Roccaforte* McNeese So. Nederland, Texas MF Juli Ocampo Lamar Sr. Bogotá, Colombia MF Christina Arteaga* Abilene Christian So. Pflugerville, Texas Preseason All-Conference Second Team AL Lucy Ashworth* Lamar So. Wigan, England D Amelia Fullmer* Lamar Sr. Pleasant Grove, Utah MF Nola Prickett* McNeese Sr. Hemet, Calif. AL Megan Rickert Houston Baptist So. Round Rock, Texas D Carly English Sam Houston State Sr. Red Oak, Texas F Brittany Caserma* Northwestern State Sr. Murrieta, Calif. The 2018 season gets underway Thursday, Aug. 16, when Sam Houston State hosts Utah at 6:30 p.m. CT and Abilene Christian faces Baylor on the road at 7 p.m. Lamar is set to host the 2018 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament, taking place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, at the LU Soccer Complex in Beaumont, Texas. MF Sophia Fondren Stephen F. Austin So. Frisco, Texas D Carli Arthurs Stephen F. Austin Jr. Lewisville, Texas F Autumn Wildung* Houston Baptist Sr. Cedar Park, Texas D Kristen Ricks Central Arkansas Sr. Keller, Texas McNeese earned two automatic first team spots in senior midfielder Nola Prickett and sophomore goalkeeper Emma Roccaforte. Roccaforte was named Goalkeeper of the Year as a freshman last season. Houston Baptist senior defender Baylii Bieke is an automatic first team honoree while Central Arkansas senior defender Kristen Ricks was voted to the top team. Sam Houston State junior Carlota Suarez Crespo rounds out the first team, an automatic selection at forward. F Dylan Owens* Abilene Christian Sr. Willard, Mo. F Kelso Peskin* Lamar Sr. Cape Town, South Africa MF Shay Johnson Abilene Christian Jr. Coppell, Texas D Baylii Bieke* Houston Baptist Sr. Little Elm, Texas ACU and Lamar each earned three spots on the first team. The Wildcats have two automatic first team selections in returning all-conference players Dylan Owens, a senior forward, and sophomore midfielder Christina Arteaga. Junior midfielder Shay Johnson was voted to her first team spot. The Cardinals earned three automatic first team selections in senior defender Amelia Fullmer, senior forward Kelso Peskin and sophomore forward Lucy Ashworth. Sam Houston State garnered three spots on the preseason all-conference teams while Central Arkansas, McNeese and Stephen F. Austin each collected a pair of honorees. Northwestern State earned a lone spot on the second team. F Camille Bassett Central Arkansas Sr. Vista, Calif. * Automatic selection – Returning 2017 all-conference memberlast_img read more