San Antonio - Senior forward Meredith Licata and sophomore defender Kristen Canepa led a group of nine Trinity players selected for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Soccer All-Tournament Team.
Licata was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player, while Canepa garnered Defensive MVP honors. The ninth-ranked Tigers won their ninth straight SCAC Championship, with shutout victories last week in Shreveport, Louisiana. Trinity first blanked host Centenary College 5-0 in the semifinals, and then won its 22nd overall conference title with a tight 1-0 decision over Texas Lutheran University.
The 22nd conference title tied Trinity's men's tennis team for championships won by a single program in SCAC history.
Trinity's goal against Texas Lutheran was not produced until the 73rd minute, and it came from Licata. Senior forward Tierney Thomison, who made the All-Tournament Team for the first time, found a crease, but her shot was saved. On the rebound, Licata blasted the ball into the net, with the assist going to Thomison. Licata also scored a goal in the matchup with Centenary.
Canepa spearheaded the taut Tiger defense which allowed the opponents only four shots in the two games, with two on goal. Trinity has participated in 18 SCAC Tournament Games over the years, and has allowed only two goals, and posted shutouts in 16 of those matchups.
Licata and Canepa were first-time All-Tournament selections. In addition to Thomison, senior midfielder Hannah Booher, junior defender Madee Gallagher, and first-year defender Lilah Bevins made the All-Tournament Team for the first time.
Led by second-year Head Coach Dylan Harrison, the Tigers open their ninth consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in Abilene, Texas. Trinity (18-1-0) takes on #22 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) at fifth-ranked Hardin-Simmons University. The Cowgirls play Methodist (NC) University in the other first-round game. The second-round game is slated for 1:00 p.m. Sunday.