Trinity Women's Soccer Sweeps Major Awards in All-SCAC Voting

Trinity Women's Soccer Sweeps Major Awards in All-SCAC Voting

San Antonio - The ninth-ranked Tiger women's soccer team swept the major awards in the 2017 All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference voting.

Dylan Harrison was elected the SCAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year, Chelsea Cole was named the SCAC Offensive Player of the Year, Julia Kelly was tabbed as Defensive Player of the Year, and Lilah Bevins was selected as Newcomer of the Year. A total of 11 Trinity players made the All-SCAC Team, including a conference-record nine players on the First Team.

In his second year as Trinity's head coach, Harrison guided Trinity to its second SCAC Championship during his tenure. The Tigers edged Texas Lutheran University 1-0 and won their ninth straight conference title, which was also the 22nd championship in program history. The victory tied the Trinity men's tennis squad for the most conference team titles in SCAC history. Trinity finished its conference schedule with a 12-0-0 mark, and extended its NCAA Division III record for 110 consecutive conference wins (regular season and conference tournament).

Trinity earned a bid to its ninth NCAA Division III Tournament in a row, and 23rd overall. The Tigers defeated 21st-ranked University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) 2-0 in the opening round in Abilene, Texas. The third-ranked host Hardin-Simmons University edged Trinity 3-2 in the second round, and the Tigers completed the season with a 19-2-0 record.

Cole led Trinity and the SCAC with 19 total goals and six game-winners this season, earning a spot on the First Team for the first time in her career. She has scored 32 goals in her career with the Tigers, which ranks her 18th in school history.

Kelly earned All-SCAC accolades for the third consecutive season, leading a taut Tiger defense that allowed just six goals and posted 17 shutouts in 21 total games. In addition to her leadership on defense, Kelly also came forward to aid the offensive efforts with 13 goals this season. She was third on the team in goals scored, and was one of six Trinity players to reach double figures.

Bevins started 18 games as a first-year this season, supplying four assists and also earning SCAC All-Tournament honors.

Cole and Kelly were joined by seven other Trinity players on the First Team, including seniors Colleen Markey, Julia Camp, Hannah Booher, Meredith Licata, Jordan Bethea, and Kalli Douma; and sophomore Kristen Canepa.

Markey is a four-time All-SCAC selection who posted 15 assists this season to improve her career total to 35, which is fifth all-time. Camp is an All-SCAC honoree for the third straight year, scoring 11 goals and 14 assists during the year. Booher is also a three-time All-SCAC honoree who led the team with 17 assists this season, which is the fifth-most in single season history.

After earning SCAC Tournament Offensive MVP honors, Licata was a first-time selection for the All-SCAC team with 10 goals scored on the year, and 26 career goals scored. Bethea was a key starter for the Tiger defense, and finished with a goal and an asisst this season. Douma was the starting goalkeeper all season, recording 32 saves and a 0.40 goals-against average. Canepa has earned All-SCAC honors each of her first two seasons, and this year, she was also the SCAC Tournament Defensive MVP. 

In addition to the nine First Team honorees, juniors Halleanne Dure and Madee Gallagher both earned spots on the All-SCAC Second Team. Dure was second on the team and in the SCAC with 16 goals scored this season, while Gallagher was crucial to Trinity's central defense on the back line.