San Antonio - The Trinity women's soccer team is the top choice to win an 11th consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship, according to voting conducted by league coaches.
Led by Head Coach Dylan Harrison, the Tigers won their 23rd overall SCAC title last fall in games played on Trinity's field. Trinity beat Schreiner (TX) University in the semifinals and defeated Southwestern (TX) University in the final. Coach Harrison was tabbed as the SCAC Women's Soccer Co-Coach of the Year, earning the high award for the second straight occasion.
The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the 10th straight time and the 24th overall. Trinity shut out Occidental (CA) College in the first round and was then eliminated in the second by Hardin-Simmons (TX) University. The Tigers finished the year with a 17-2-1 overall record and a 13-0-0 mark in the SCAC. Trinity remained undefeated in conference play for the 10th consecutive season.
A key returner is senior defender Kristen Canepa who was elected to the United Soccer Coaches and D3soccer.com All-America First Teams, as well as the All-West Region Team and All-SCAC Team. Canepa was also selected as the SCAC Defensive Player of the Year. A leader of Trinity's stingy defense, Canepa and her teammates posted 17 clean-sheet games and allowed only six goals during the season. Offensively, Canepa scored three goals and produced a game-winner in the process.
Junior defender Lindsey Peng was selected as the SCAC Tournament Defensive MVP and the All-SCAC First Team. On the offensive side during the season, Peng scored two goals and tied for the team lead with nine assists.
Sophomore midfielder Alex Walsh was honored as the SCAC Newcomer of the Year. During her first season as a Trinity Tiger, Walsh scored two goals and sent out four assists, as well as making the All-SCAC First Team.
Junior defender Lilah Bevins was Trinity's representative on the All-SCAC Second Team. Sophomore midfielder Kaity Ward made the All-SCAC Honorable Mention Team, and tied for the team lead with nine assists, while scoring five goals and posting two game-winners. Sophomore midfielder Camryn Beall also was named to the All-SCAC Honorable Mention Team.
Coach Harrison begins his fourth season at the helm as the 2019 campaign gets under way, and Trinity starts the year with a #18 national ranking by the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Preseason Poll. The Tigers open the year at home with East Texas Baptist University on August 30, followed by Sul Ross State (TX) University on September 1. The Tigers open their SCAC home schedule September 20 with Texas Lutheran University, and the SCAC Championship will be held November 8-10 at Southwestern in Georgetown, Texas.