2019 All-SWAC Soccer Honors Announced
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference revealed its 2019 postseason soccer honors, with Howard’s Thalia Boucher, Kendall Macauly, Alayah Hightower, and Head Coach Brent Leiba along with Mississippi Valley State’s Beatriz Kretteis and Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Sarah Wright taking home individual accolades. The teams and award winners were determined in a vote among the league’s coaches and sports information directors.
Wright received Co-Offensive Player of the Year recognitions for the first time after leading the SWAC in goals (9) and points (20). The Stratford, Ct. native tallied 1.33 points per game, 1.60 shots per game, and three game-winning goals in 817:00 minutes played.
Boucher collected Co-Offensive Player of the Year accolades after leading the top-seed Bison to a 12-3 overall record and a 9-1 conference record. The Toronto, Canada native recorded eight goals and two assists, tallying 18 points on the season. Boucher, a sophomore midfielder, also finished first in the SWAC in game-winning goals with four.
Teammate Macauly picked up Defensive Player of the Year honors after helping anchor the Bison’s defensive attack that did not concede a goal in 10 contests throughout the season. A two-time defensive player of the week honoree, Macauly aided the Bison in allowed just .67 goals per game and limiting opponents to a combined 149 shots on goal. She was also second in the league in assists with five.
Kretteis, the 2019 SWAC Freshman of the Year led the Devillettes in scoring with 15 points, finding the twine seven times during the season and adding an assist. The London, England native recorded 18 shots on goal, and a game-winning goal this season.
Hightower earned the 2019 SWAC Goalkeeper of the Year award. She leads the SWAC in goals against average with .305 percentage. Hightower ranks first in the league with a .914 save percentage and the Largo, Md. native is responsible for seven shutouts in the net this season.
Leiba earned the SWAC Coach of the Year Award as he guided the Bison to a 12-3 record (9-1 SWAC) and a share of the conference regular season title. Under Leiba’s direction, Howard allowed 0.67 goals per game and boasted the best scoring margin among all teams. Thanks to ferocious defense, Howard gave up only 10 goals throughout the entire season.
First-Team All-SWAC Soccer
Forward: Diana Neff, Prairie View A&M
Forward: Kailey Pena, Grambling State
Forward: Ashley Chala, Prairie View A&M
Midfielder: Thalia Boucher, Howard
Midfielder: Sarah Teubner, Grambling State
Midfielder: Isabella Beortegui, Alabama State
Midfielder: JoJo Bernal, Prairie View A&M
Defender: Kendall Macauly, Howard
Defender: Sarah Wright, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Defender: Florence David, Grambling State
Goalkeeper: Alayah Hightower, Howard
Second-Team All-SWAC Soccer
Forward: Mireya Gonzalez, Alcorn State
Forward: D’Essence Burnett, Alabama A&M
Forward: Jalah Carter, Jackson State
Midfielder: Victoria Thornton, Howard
Midfielder: Alexis Sanders, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Midfielder: Iris Torres, Alabama A&M
Midfielder: Patricia Calderon, Jackson State
Defender: Alex Fields, Prairie View A&M
Defender: Mary Mooneyham, Alabama State
Defender: Brynn Walker, Jackson State
Goalkeeper: Quinn Josiah, Prairie View A&M
Co-Offensive Player of the Year
Sarah Wright, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Co-Offensive Player of the Year
Thalia Boucher, Howard
Defensive Player of the Year
Kendall Macauly, Howard
Goalkeeper of the Year
Alayah Hightower, Howard
Freshman of the Year
Beatriz Kretteis, Mississippi Valley State
Coach of the Year
About the SWAC
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences in the country and currently ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of HBCU alumni playing with professional sports teams.
Current championship competition offered by the league includes competition for men in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Tennis.
Women’s competition is offered in the sports of Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.
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