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Courtesy: SWAC.org

SWAC Releases 2014 All-Conference Soccer Teams

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 11/05/2014
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced the 2014 All-SWAC Women's Soccer Teams on Wednesday, with Alabama State's Aaliyah Lewis, Prairie View's Deborah Arguelles, Mississippi Valley's Heather Craddock, Alabama A&M's Margaret Sesay and Howard's Kyra Dickinson sweeping the individual accolades.

The selections were chosen based on the league's head coaches and sports information directors. Howard University dominated conference play and earned the regular season title while Prairie View A&M secured the #2 spot for the tournament. 

Prairie View leads the post season honors, with a total of six selected to the All-Conference teams, five on the first team.  Alabama State racked in four selections, two on each team. Howard and Mississippi Valley followed with three picks apiece. Alabama A&M had two representatives and Texas Southern rounded the selections off with one.

For the second consecutive time, Aaliyah Lewis has been recognized as Offensive Player of the Year.  She tops the league in seven different categories points and points per game (2.26), goals and goals per game (.84), assist and assists per game (.58) and game-winning goals (.32).  Lewis is also nationally ranked by the NCAA in three of those categories. The SWAC has awarded Lewis three weekly offensive student-athlete of the week honors.  She recorded her 6th hat trick of her soccer career and eighth in ASU's history.  This year alone, Lewis has broken numerous of school records.

Deborah Arguelles earns Defensive Player of the Year honors.  She has started and been on the field for every second of all 16 Prairie View A&M contests this season.  Arguelles is second on the team and tied for tenth place in the SWAC with six goals this season.  She was named SWAC's defensive student-athlete of the week twice this year.  Arguelles anchored a defensive unit that has contributed to four shutout wins for the Lady Panthers.

Mississippi Valley's Heather Craddock has been named Co-Freshmen of the Year. She is second on team, and tied for eighth in the SWAC in goals, with a total of seven.  Craddock finished the season off with 20 shots (14 shots on goal), a shots on goal percentage of .700, two assists and 14 points.  She also has been named College Sports Madness SWAC Player of the Week once this season.

After coming in and dominating as a freshman for Alabama A&M, Margaret Sesay exceptional efforts have earned her Co-Freshmen of the Year.  She has been named SWAC's offensive-student athlete of the week once this season.  Sesay is fourth in the league in points per game (1.14) and tied for fourth in goals (0.57).  She's also third in the conference in goals per game (0.57) and tied for ninth in points, with a total of 16 (1.14).

Howard's Kyra Dickinson has received the Goalkeeper of the Year award.  She has been recognized twice this season by the SWAC as the goalkeeper of the week for her outstanding performance in conference play. Dickinson has posted five of Howard's six shutouts this year. She's fourth in the league for conference shutouts, tallying four.  Dickinson is also third in the league in saves percentage (.761). 

 

2014 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Aaliyah Lewis

Alabama State

2014 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Deborah Arguelles

Prairie View A&M

2014 CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Heather Craddock and Margaret Sesay

Mississippi Valley State and Alabama A&M

2014 GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR

 

Kyra Dickinson

Howard

 


FIRST TEAM

FORWARDS

Alicia Cooper

Prairie View

Aaliyah Lewis

Alabama State

Nikanya Clark

Howard

MIDFIELDERS

Nia Walcott

Howard

Shelby Moore

Prairie View

Jalana Ellis

Jackson State

Celene Batrez

Prairie View

DEFENDERS

Deborah Arguelles

Prairie View

Treschelle Gibson- Serrette

Howard

Alexandria Cannon

Alabama State

GOALKEEPER

Bianca Garza

Prairie View


SECOND TEAM

FORWARDS

Nykosi Simmons

Mississippi Valley State

Estelle Esperance

Alabama A&M

Heather Craddock

Mississippi Valley State

MIDFIELDERS

Shelbi Vienna-Hallam

Alabama State

Ana Huertas

Alabama A&M

Haley Rodriguez

Jackson State

Marlyn Campa

Texas Southern

DEFENDERS

Josee Primeau

Mississippi Valley State

Iita Pienimaki

Alabama State

Reina Mata

Prairie View

GOALKEEPER

Kyra Dickinson

Howard

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