Cowgirls Top the ASC Preseason Poll

Cowgirls Top the ASC Preseason Poll

August 22, 2019

RICHARDSON, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' women's soccer team was picked to win the American Southwest Conference in the preseason poll released on Thursday.

Senior Kendell Groom was named the ASC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. The Cowgirls look to defend their championship once again, coming off a 2018 season that went to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

Hardin-Simmons has been picked to win the 2019 American Southwest Conference Women's Soccer championship after a vote of the league's head coaches and sports information directors, the ASC office announced Thursday (August 22).
 
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior forward Chelsea Graham and HSU senior defender Kendell Groom were selected as the ASC Preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively.
 
Hardin-Simmons (18-1-2 / 10-0-1 ASC) was the unanimous first place pick, receiving 288 points and all 24 first-place votes. Marcus Wood and the Cowgirls won their 16th consecutive ASC championship in 2018 and advanced to the NCAA Championship Sectionals. HSU was ranked 10th in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll.


Mary Hardin-Baylor (12-5-2 / 9-2 ASC) was second in the preseason poll with 250 points after finishing third in the regular season standings and reaching the ASC Championship finals for the second straight year in 2018. 

UT Dallas (16-2-1 / 9-1-1 ASC) was third in the poll with 243 points after a second place finish last season under ASC Coach of the Year Kanute Drugan.
 
Rounding out the poll are Sul Ross State (9-5-1 / 8-3 ASC), LeTourneau (11-6-2 / 7-4 ASC), Concordia Texas (6-10, 5-6 ASC), East Texas Baptist (8-8-1 / 5-6 ASC), McMurry (6-12-1 / 3-7-1 ASC), Ozarks (4-9-3 / 2-7-2 ASC), Howard Payne (2-12-1 / 2-8-1 ASC), Belhaven (2-14-2/ 1-9-1 ASC) and Louisiana College (2-13-1 / 1-9-1 ASC).
 
Belhaven has completed its final year of transition into Division III athletics and will be eligible for the ASC title and selection to the NCAA Championship for the first time
 
Graham (Pasadena, Texas) was a Second Team All-West Region selection by the United Soccer Coaches and a First Team All-ASC pick. She led the Cru with 12 goals and 11 assists, including three game-winners. Graham tied for the conference lead with 35 points in 2018.


Groom (Frisco, Texas) was a Second Team All-West Region selection by the USC and a First Team All-ASC pick. She recorded one goal and three assists, while helping lead the Cowgirls to 15 shutouts and only allow 0.33 goals per game.

Thirty-six student-athletes were named to the ASC Women's Soccer Players to Watch List. The list is composed of up to three players from each institution nominated by the head coaches. Twenty-six of the players submitted are returning all-conference selections including two individual award winners.
 
The 2019 season will get underway Friday, August 30 as 11 ASC teams take the field for their season openers.
 
The ASC Championship Tournament is scheduled for November 5, 8 and 10. The quarterfinals will be hosted by the top four seeds with the semifinals and championship game at the overall No. 1 seed. An automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship will be on the line.

Wilson is the official soccer ball of American Southwest Conference and used by all 12 members and during the ASC Championships.

The Cowgirls kick off the season in Abilene at the HSU Soccer Complex on Friday August 30th at 7:30 p.m. against the preseason No. 5 ranked William Smith. The Cowgirls start the season ranked tenth in the nation.  

ASC Women's Soccer Preseason Poll

Rank

Team (First Place Votes)

Pts.

2018 Record (ASC)

1.

Hardin-Simmons (24)

288

18-1-2 (10-0-1)

2.

Mary Hardin-Baylor 

250

12-5-2 (9-2)

3.

UT Dallas

243

16-2-1 (9-1-1)

4.

Sul Ross State

211

9-5-1 (8-3)

5.

LeTourneau

190

11-6-2 (7-4)

6.

Concordia Texas

161

6-10 (5-6)

7.

East Texas Baptist

158

8-8-1 (5-6)

8.

McMurry

112

6-12-1 (3-7-1)

9.

Ozarks

94

4-9-3 (2-7-2)

10.

Howard Payne

85

2-12-1 (2-8-1)

11.

Belhaven

54

2-14-2 (1-9-1)

12.

Louisiana College

33

2-13-1 (1-9-1)


ASC Women's Soccer Preseason Players of the Year
Offense: Chelsea Grarham, Sr., F, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Defense: Kendell Groom, Sr., D, Hardin-Simmons
 
ASC Women's Soccer Players to Watch List

Name

Cl.

Pos.

Team

Hometown

Brianna Aguilar *

Jr.

D

Ozarks

Aledo, Texas

Taylor Bernal

Sr.

F

Hardin-Simmons

Abilene, Texas

Britney Berumen *

Jr.

M

Sul Ross State

El Paso, Texas

Kibriana Bonner *

Jr.

D

East Texas Baptist

Humble, Texas

Kayla Carlove *

Sr.

M

Concordia Texas

Carrollton, Texas

Delaney Castor *

So.

GK

Howard Payne

Irving, Texas

Madison Chaney *

Sr.

F

Ozarks

Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Sarah Chastain

Jr.

D

Belhaven

Madison, Miss.

Bailee Davis *

Sr.

M

UT Dallas

Las Vegas, Nev.

Ashtyn Dilworth

Fr.

D

Concordia Texas

Schertz, Texas

Madelyn Dowell *

So.

F

Hardin-Simmons

Plano, Texas

Molly Edelman *

Jr.

M

Louisiana College

League City, Texas

Pepper Ann Filbert

Jr.

M

Belhaven

Brandon, Miss.

Ashlynn Folse

Sr.

F

Louisiana College

Thibodaux, La.

Lesly Garcia *

Jr.

F

Howard Payne

Houston, Texas

         

Haley Gillespie

Sr.

M

Sul Ross State

Judson, Texas

Cayla Gonzalez *

Jr.

M

Concordia Texas

Austin, Texas

Chelsea Graham *

Sr.

F

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Pasadena, Texas

Kendell Groom *

Sr.

D

Hardin-Simmons

Frisco, Texas

Kiara Henry *

Sr.

GK

Ozarks

Rogers, Ark.

Kate Holland *

So.

D

McMurry

Mansfield, Texas

Taylor Marques *

Sr.

M

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Georgetown, Texas

Emmy McMaude *

Jr.

GK

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Austin, Texas

Brianna Mickshaw

So.

M

East Texas Baptist

Katy, Texas

Jayde Miyamoto *

Sr.

D

Howard Payne

Topeka, Kan.

Sky Reynolds *

Jr.

M

McMurry

Midlothian, Texas

Sybil Roberson

Fr.

M/F

Belhaven

Brandon, Miss.

Ashleigh Rondon  *

Jr.

F

East Texas Baptist

Carrollton, Texas

Reagan Sandford *

So.

F

LeTourneau

Gastonia, N.C.

Caitlyn Scheibal

Jr.

D

Louisiana College

Edwardsville, Ill.

Meriah Sikora *

So.

M

McMurry

Arlington, Texas

Rebekah Stevenson *

Sr.

M

LeTourneau

Conroe, Texas

Megan Theros *

Sr.

D

UT Dallas

Batavia, Texas

Aylin Villalobos *

Sr.

F

Sul Ross State

El Paso, Texas

Stephanie White

Sr.

F

UT Dallas

San Diego, Calif.

Mackenzie Wilbanks *

So.

GK

LeTourneau

Frisco, Texas

2018 All-Conference Selection*

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