Southland announces preseason All-Conference Women’s Soccer Teams

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FRISCO, Texas – Defending Southland Conference regular season and tournament champion Northwestern State leads the way with eight selections on the preseason all-conference soccer teams, which were announced by the league on Wednesday. The preseason all-conference teams are presented by Hercules Tires.

The squads are loaded with returning talent, including 11 of last year’s 12 all-conference defenders and all four first-team forwards.

The Lady Demons land four on the first team, including defending Southland Player and Forward of the Year Olivia Draguicevich, as well as three-time reigning Southland Defender of the Year Nicole Henry. Last year’s Freshman of the Year, Caroline Hilliard, headlines NSU’s four second-team nods.

Draguicevich topped the league with 12 goals against conference foes to lead the Lady Demons to their first regular-season conference title since 2000. The three-time Southland Offensive Player of the Week tied for the Division I lead with six game-winning goals on the year and matched a program record with four goals in a win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Hilliard logged more than 1,000 minutes on the back line in her rookie campaign, and Henry anchored the defensive unit that ranked fifth nationally in shutout percentage (.625) and set a school record with 10 shutouts on the year.

McNeese earns five preseason all-league selections, led by forward Rachel Young, a Third-Team All-Midwest Region selection in 2021. HBU and UIW follow with four picks apiece, including a pair each on the top squad. Southeastern and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi account for three spots apiece, and Lamar rounds out the lists with two honorees.

The 2022 season gets underway Thursday, Aug. 18, with five squads in action, and the conference slate begins Friday, Sept. 9. The 2022 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament will be played Nov. 2-6 in Natchitoches, La.

Returning players from the 2021 All-Conference teams are automatically named to this year’s Preseason All-Conference teams at their same positions. Vacant positions are nominated and voted upon by the conference’s head coaches. Voting for one’s own player is not permitted.

2022 Southland Conference Preseason First Team

Pos.

Name

School

Class

Hometown

D

Eve Clarkson

UIW

Sr.

Whalley, Lancashire, England

D

Hallie Field

Northwestern State

Sr.

Frisco, Texas

D

Nicole Henry

Northwestern State

Gr.

Tomball, Texas

D

Darby Gillette

Southeastern

Gr.

Meridian, Miss.

MF

Ryan Ford

HBU

Sr.

Frisco, Texas

MF

Kiana Kukaua

McNeese

Jr.

Valencia, Calif.

MF

Katie Marker

HBU

Jr.

Friendswood, Texas

MF

Delaney Wells

Northwestern State

Jr.

Flower Mound, Texas

F

Olivia Draguicevich

Northwestern State

Sr.

Pflugerville, Texas

F

Mya Guillory

Southeastern

Sr.

Prairieville, La.

F

Sierra Wannamaker

UIW

Jr.

San Antonio, Texas

F

Rachel Young

McNeese

Jr.

Surprise, Ariz.

GK

Jackie Kelly

McNeese

So.

Benicia, Calif.

2022 Southland Conference Preseason Second Team

Pos.

Name

School

Class

Hometown

D

Morgan Schooley

McNeese

So.

St. Augustine, Fla.

D

Emma Crump

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

So.

Wylie, Texas

D

Payton Adams

UIW

Sr.

Frisco, Texas

D

Caroline Hilliard

Northwestern State

So.

Corinth, Texas

D

Jayme Haynes

Northwestern State

Sr.

Frisco, Texas

D

Megan Mielke

McNeese

Jr.

Bellflower, Calif.

D

Mia Salas

HBU

Jr.

San Antonio, Texas

MF

Reaghan Lang

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Gr.

Fort Collins, Colo.

MF

Talin Rizo

HBU

Sr.

San Antonio, Texas

MF

Gracie Armstrong

Northwestern State

Gr.

Broomfield, Colo.

MF

Claire Huston

Southeastern

Gr.

Aurora, Colo.

F

Natalee Henry

Northwestern State

Gr.

Tomball, Texas

F

Keeley Ayala

UIW

Gr.

Wichita Falls, Texas

F

Maggie Murray

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Jr.

Cranford, N.J.

F

Christine Kitaru

Lamar

Gr.

Nairobi, Kenya

GK

Nicole Panis

Lamar

Sr.

Opmeer, Netherlands

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