San Antonio - The Trinity women's soccer team has received a final #18 national ranking by both the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Poll and by D3soccer.com.
Guided by third-year Head Coach Dylan Harrison, the Tigers completed the season with a 17-2-1 overall record. Trinity posted a 13-0-0 mark in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, as the Tigers remained undefeated in the SCAC for a 10th consecutive campaign.
Trinity advanced to its 10th consecutive NCAA Division III Championship and the 24th overall. The Tigers were assigned to Abilene, Texas, for the opening weekend and defeated Occidental (CA) College in the first round. Sixth-ranked host Hardin-Simmons (TX) University beat Trinity in the second round of the tournament.
The week before, Trinity hosted the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship and won the SCAC title for the 10th straight time with a decision over Southwestern (TX) University. Senior Chelsea Cole was selected as the Tournament Offensive Most Valuable Player, while sophomore Lindsey Peng was tabbed as Defensive MVP.
Coach Harrison was elected the SCAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year for the second consecutive occasion. Cole won the Offensive Player of the Year distinction for the second time in a row. Junior Kristen Canepa was named the SCAC Defensive Player of the Year, while first-year Alex Walsh earned Newcomer of the Year accolades.
Cole and Canepa were later selected for the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Women's Soccer All-America First Team. Cole also was elected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District 8 Women's Soccer Team for the second year in a row.
During the season, Cole paced the Tigers with 23 goals, along with eight game-winners. She also shelled out nine assists for a 55 points total. Cole scored 54 career goals and tied Kelsey Falcone (2011-2014) for third place in Trinity's record books.
Canepa led a stringent Trinity defense which shut out opponents 17 times during the season and permitted only six goals in 20 matchups. On the offensive side, Canepa scored three goals and posted a game-winner.