San Antonio - Trinity fourth-year Head Coach Dylan Harrison was elected the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Women's Soccer Coach of the Year, while senior defender Kristen Canepa was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Five Tiger players were elected to the All-SCAC First Team, two made the Second Team, and three were tabbed for the Honorable Mention Team.
Coach Harrison was chosen by his women's soccer peers as the Coach of the Year for the third straight occasion. He has guided the 20th-ranked Tigers to a 14-3 record and to the SCAC regular-season title. Trinity finished the regular season with an 8-0 conference mark, as the Tigers posted an undefeated SCAC campaign for the 11th year in a row.
The Tigers won their 10th straight SCAC Championship last season, defeating Southwestern (TX) University 1-0 in San Antonio. The title was the 23rd overall championship for Trinity women's soccer.
Canepa was designated as the SCAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive time, as well as earning a slot on the All-SCAC First Team for the third season in a row. The 2018 All-American led a taut Trinity defense, which chalked up 12 shutout victories this season and limited opponent's to a 0.47 goals-against average. Canepa contributed to the offense by scoring four goals (two game-winners) and making one assist. She was named SCAC Player of the Week twice this season.
Joining Canepa on the All-SCAC First Team is sophomore midfielder Camryn Beall, who was a member of last season's Honorable Mention Team. Beall leads the team in scoring with nine goals and three game-winners. She was tabbed as the SCAC Player of the Week two times this year. Beall is a major contributor to Trinity's offense which averages 3.35 goals per game.
Sophomore midfielder Kaity Ward was an All-SCAC Honorable Mention Team selection last season. Ward has accounted for seven goals (two game-winners), seven assists, and is tops in points with 21 to her credit. First-year defender Nyah Shepherd leads the Tigers with nine assists and has also contributed two goals. Junior midfielder Abby Blackwood is a first-time All-SCAC recipient after scoring two goals and picking up two assists this season.
The All-SCAC Second Team honorees are junior goalkeeper Paige Wallace and first-year defender Bailey Meyer. Wallace has a 0.51 GAA and has made 26 saves this season. Meyer and her defensive teammates have allowed the opposition to take only 35 shots on the mark during the 2019 season.
Junior defender Lilah Bevins, first-year forward Molly Sheridan, and first-year midfielder Jessica Young were picked for the All-SCAC Honorable Mention Team. Bevins was a 2018 All-SCAC Second Team honoree and was elected the 2017 SCAC Newcomer of the Year. Sheridan has contributed two goals and three assists, while Young has scored three times and been chosen as a SCAC Player of the Week.
Trinity is the top-seeded team in this weekend's SCAC Championship to be held at Southwestern in Georgetown, Texas. The Tigers earned a bye to the semifinals and will fire up at 11:00 am. Saturday against the winner of fourth-seeded University of Dallas (TX) and #5 Texas Lutheran University. The championship game is set for 1:00 p.m. Sunday. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs.