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Courtesy: Southern U. Athletics

Carbin named to Preseason All-SWAC second team

Courtesy: Southern U. Athletic Media Relations
Release: 08/11/2015
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Southern University defender Shelby Carbin earned a spot on the 2015 Preseason All-SWAC Women’s Soccer second team on Monday.

The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced the preseason all conference team and predicted order of finish, as voted on by the league coaches and sport information directors.

For the second consecutive season, Alabama State University’s Aaliyah Lewis claimed Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Last season, Lewis managed first-place positions for the Conference in seven different categories including points (45), goals per game (.84) and assists (11) - earning her the Offensive Player of the Year title. She remains ASU’s all-time scorer in a season (18) – a honor she received as a freshman in 2013 – and holds the school record for most total points in a season (45).  

Lewis was also named to the Preseason All-SWAC First Team. Five other Hornets joined her with preseason awards including twin sister Ariela Lewis.

Prairie View A&M University secured a presence during the preseason as Breanna Powell was voted Defensive Player of the Year and added to the All-SWAC First Team. Powell started in 20 games last season, scoring one goal with four assists for six points. She led a defense that recorded seven shutouts.

The Panthers went on to capture one more All-SWAC First Team position and two All-SWAC Second Team spots. PVAMU was voted to finish fourth in the SWAC.

Rita Gyasi of Mississippi Valley State University managed the Preseason Goalie of the Year accolade after finishing the 2014 season with 86 saves (.835 save percentage) and four shutouts. Gyasi also enters her sophomore year as a Preseason All-SWAC First Teamer. Two additional Devilettes received preseason recognition – one on the first team and one on the second team.

Southern, which claimed the program's first SWAC West title in 2013, is predicted to finish seventh in the conference. 

In its second year with the SWAC, Howard University is predicted to finish first in the Conference with 154 points. Jackson State University was voted second with 130 tallies, followed by ASU with 129 points.

The entire predicted order of finish is listed below as well as the complete lists of first and second teamers.

 

School

Points

Howard

154

Jackson State

130

Alabama State

129

Prairie View A&M

115

Texas Southern

106

Mississippi Valley State

96

Southern

81

Alabama A&M

74

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

48

Grambling State

42

Alcorn State

15

   

 

Offensive Player of the Year

       

Aaliyah Lewis

Alabama State

       
           
           

Defensive Player of the Year

       

Breanna Powell

Prairie View A&M

       
           
           

Goalie of the Year

       

Rita Gyasi

Mississippi Valley

       
           
           

First Team

   

Second Team

Forward

   

Forward

Alicia Cooper

Prairie View A&M

   

Estelle Esperance

Alabama A&M

Aaliyah Lewis

Alabama State

   

Heather Craddock

Mississippi Valley

Nykosi Simmons

Mississippi Valley

   

Kayla Edwards

Alabama State

           
           

Midfielder

   

Midfielder

Jalana Ellis

Jackson State

   

Ariela Lewis

Alabama State

Shelbi Vienna-Hallam

Alabama State

   

Kara Ballard*

Prairie View A&M

Marlyn Campa

Texas Southern

   

Sie'Yara Wells*

Jackson State

Sara Vaughan*

Howard

   

Khalisha Bond*

Prairie View A&M

Dytria Ruddy*

Howard

   

Kaedi Walther*

Alabama State

           

Defender

   

Defender

Breanna Powell

Prairie View A&M

   

Emily Ziolkowski

Alabama State

Rayana Speight

Jackson State

   

Shelby Carbin

Southern

Makayla Johnson

Texas Southern

   

Erica Cozart*

Texas Southern

       

Kyleigh Io*

Jackson State

           

Goalie

   

Goalie

Rita Gyasi

Mississippi Valley

   

Kylie Christian

Jackson State

             

 

(* Indicates a tie)

 
     
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