San Antonio - Trinity senior Chelsea Cole and junior Kristen Canepa have been elected to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Women's Scholar All-America and Scholar All-West Region First Teams.
Cole is a neuroscience major and was selected for the Scholar All-West Region Team for the second consecutive year. She earlier was tabbed for the Google Cloud Academic All-District 8 Women's Soccer Team for the second time in a row. Canepa is an accounting major at Trinity. Both Tiger standouts were previously named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III All-America First Team. They also earned positions on the United Soccer Coaches All-West Region First Team, and the All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) First Team.
Cole was chosen as the SCAC Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight time. She fired in three goals in the Tigers' two SCAC Championship games and was selected as the Tournament Offensive Most Valuable Player. The Tigers captured their 10th consecutive SCAC Championship trophy and the 23rd in program history. During the campaign, Cole paced the team by scoring 23 goals, along with eight game-winners. Coupled with nine assists, she chalked up 55 points in her column. She was ranked seventh nationally in game-winners, and eighth in both total goals and points. Cole fired in 54 goals in her career and tied Kelsey Falcone (2011-2014) for third place in the category in Trinity's record books.
Canepa received SCAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades. She captained a tight Tiger defense which posted 17 shutouts in the season, good for a #1 national ranking of shutout percentage at .85. Trinity allowed the opposition to score only six goals over 20 games and was ranked #4 nationally. The versatile Canepa contributed three goals and one game-winner in the course of the season.
Guided by third-year Head Coach Dylan Harrison, the Tigers completed the season with a 17-2-1 overall record and a #18 ranking by United Soccer Coaches. Trinity posted a 13-0-0 mark in conference play for its 10th consecutive SCAC undefeated season. Coach Harrison was elected SCAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year for the second time in a row.
After winning the conference crown before the fans at Trinity's field, the Tigers advanced to their 10th consecutive NCAA Division III Championship and the 24th overall. The selection committee sent Trinity to Abilene, Texas, for the opening rounds. The Tigers defeated Occidental (CA) College in the first round, and then lost to the sixth-ranked host Hardin-Simmons (TX) University in the second.