Rico, Bean Lead Women’s Soccer Postseason Awards
RICHARDSON, Texas – Mary Hardin-Baylor junior Maria Rico was named the American Southwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Hardin-Simmons senior Rachel Bean was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year to highlight the 2021 ASC Women’s Soccer awards and all-conference teams as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Rico was tied for the league-lead with 13 goals, including five game-winners, to go with five assists for the Cru. Bean helped the Cowgirls limit opponents to just eight goals and 0.43 against average with 13 shutouts for the ASC champions.
For the second time, HSU senior Madelyn Dowell was the Midfielder of the Year, scoring six goals, five game-winners, and adding five assists. East Texas Baptist senior Claire Montondon had 1.05 goals-against average, 61 saves, and was a part of nine shutouts for the Tigers to earn Goalkeeper of the Year.
Howard Payne forward Lexi De La Cruz was the Offensive Freshman of the Year, and UMHB’s Reagan Williams was the Defensive Freshman. De La Cruz tied for the league lead with 13 goals and eight assists for 39 points. Williams recorded 0.35 goals against, averaged 43 saves, and was a part of 13 shutouts. ETBU senior Brianna Mickshaw was named the Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year.
HPU’s Brandon Badgeley was the Coach of the Year for the first time after guiding the Lady Jackets to an 11-5-2 record, improving from 1-7 last season.
UT Dallas’ midfielder Keely Fillman became the first five-time All-Conference selection in ASC Women’s Soccer history. Mickshaw, Dowell, Meriah Sikora from McMurry, Sofia Munoz of UTD, Delaney Castor from HPU, Reagan Sandford of LeTourneau, Reagan Kappler from ETBU, and Britney Berumen of Sul Ross State earned All-Conference honors for the fourth time.
2021 All-ASC Women’s Soccer Teams
Offensive Player of the Year: Maria Rico, Mary Hardin-Baylor 2
Defensive Player of the Year: Rachel Bean, Hardin-Simmons
Midfielder of the Year: Madelyn Dowell, Hardin-Simmons 2
Goalkeeper of the Year: Claire Montondon, East Texas Baptist
Offensive Freshman of the Year: Lexi De La Cruz, Howard Payne
Defensive Freshman of the Year: Reagan Williams, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year: Brianna Mickshaw, East Texas Baptist
Coach of the Year: Brandon Badgeley, Howard Payne
2 Two-Time Award Winner
|D||Peyton Guidry 2||Fr.||UT Dallas||Katy, Texas|
|D||Rachel Bean 2||Sr.||Hardin-Simmons||Frisco, Texas|
|D||Kristen Burdick 3||Sr.||Mary Hardin-Baylor||Flower Mound, Texas|
|D||Kate Holland 2||Sr.||McMurry||Mansfield, Texas|
|D||Mercy Mummert 2||So.||Hardin-Simmons||Albuquerque, N.M.|
|F||Lexi De La Cruz||Fr.||Howard Payne||Lubbock, Texas|
|F||Maria Rico 2||Jr.||Mary Hardin-Baylor||Cedar Park, Texas|
|F||Grace Greenly 2||Sr.||Mary Hardin-Baylor||Round Rock, Texas|
|F||Brianna Mickshaw 4||Sr.||East Texas Baptist||Katy, Texas|
|F||Sierra Foster 2||Fr.||UT Dallas||Fullerton, Calif.|
|M||Madelyn Dowell 4||Sr.||Hardin-Simmons||Plano, Texas|
|M||Meriah Sikora 4||Sr.||McMurry||Arlington, Texas|
|M||Sofia Munoz 4||Jr.||UT Dallas||Dallas, Texas|
|M||Caroline Pool||So.||Hardin-Simmons||Arlington, Texas|
|M||Shay Taylor 3||Sr.||Mary Hardin-Baylor||Kerrville, Texas|
|GK||Claire Montondon 2||Sr.||East Texas Baptist||Nederland, Texas|
|GK||Delaney Castor 4||Sr.||Howard Payne||Irving, Texas|
|D||Kaelyn Riley||Fr.||Concordia Texas||Southlake, Texas|
|D||Kate Van Wyk 2||Sr.||Howard Payne||Fort Worth, Texas|
|D||Mackensie Moreno 2||Sr.||Hardin-Simmons||Keller, Texas|
|D||Katherine Vela||Fr.||East Texas Baptist||Fort Worth, Texas|
|F||Hallie Rutherford 2||Sr.||McMurry||Austin, Texas|
|F||Patricia Heckendorn 2||So.||Concordia Texas||Lake Jackson, Texas|
|F||Michaela Sabrsula 3||Sr.||Hardin-Simmons||Tomball, Texas|
|F||Reagan Sandford 4||Jr.||LeTourneau||Gastonia, N.C.|
|M||Keely Fillman 5||Sr.||UT Dallas||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|M||Ashland Hansen 3||Sr.||McMurry||Wichita Falls, Texas|
|M||Amy Pineda 2||Jr.||East Texas Baptist||Katy, Texas|
|M||Rana Hussein 2||Jr.||UT Dallas||Houston, Texas|
|GK||Haley Foley||Jr.||Hardin-Simmons||Prosper, Texas|
|D||Maren Fields||So.||Mary Hardin-Baylor||Keller, Texas|
|D||Aylisse Warren 2||So.||East Texas Baptist||Wylie, Texas|
|D||Kelsey White||Jr.||UT Dallas||San Diego, Calif.|
|D||Kendra Cecil 2||Jr.||Howard Payne||Odessa, Texas|
|F||Kaley Kaspar||Jr.||Concordia Texas||Brazoria, Texas|
|F||Anna Crane||Jr.||Belhaven||Pearl, Miss.|
|F||Emily Mowrer 2||So.||Concordia Texas||Cibolo, Texas|
|F||Kyla Shaw 2||Fr.||Belhaven||Hoover, Ala.|
|M||Olivia Gallegos 3||Jr.||East Texas Baptist||Mesquite, Texas|
|M||Kennedy Harris||Fr.||Mary Hardin-Baylor||Missouri City, Texas|
|M||Chandler Jackson||Sr.||Mary Hardin-Baylor||Round Rock, Texas|
|M||Aurora Arevalo 2||Jr.||Hardin-Simmons||Pflugerville, Texas|
|GK||Sydney Frazier||So.||Ozarks||Lake Dallas, Texas|
|GK||Kiersten Reeser 2||So.||LeTourneau||Dover, Pa.|
|D||Alexa Polanco||Fr.||LeTourneau||Gilmer, Texas|
|D||Kayla Nichols 2||Jr.||East Texas Baptist||Orange, Texas|
|D||Skylar Brown 2||Sr.||Ozarks||Maumelle, Ark.|
|D||Falynn Pyterek||Fr.||Concordia Texas||Austin, Texas|
|D||Abby Goff||Jr.||Belhaven||Beaumont, Texas|
|D||Grace Singleton||Fr.||McMurry||Sachse, Texas|
|D||Emily McClendon 2||Fr.||Howard Payne||Corpus Christi, Texas|
|D||McKenna Standifer||So.||McMurry||Flower Mound, Texas|
|D||Alysia Terry 2||Sr.||Belhaven||Byram, Miss.|
|F||Breezie Davis||Sr.||Ozarks||Coweta, Okla.|
|F||Carrie Gerdes||Jr.||Howard Payne||Fulshear, Texas|
|M||Raegan Kappler 4||Sr.||East Texas Baptist||McKinney, Texas|
|M||Kate Recendez||Jr.||Howard Payne||Alvin, Texas|
|M||Britney Berumen 4||Gr.||Sul Ross State||El Paso, Texas|
|M||Macy Mathers||So.||Belhaven||Mobile, Ala.|
|M||Lauren Samford||Jr.||Belhaven||Georgetown, Texas|
|M||Stephanie Ward 2||Jr.||UT Dallas||San Diego, Calif.|
|M||Jessica Alvarado 2||Jr.||Ozarks||Springdale, Ark.|
|M||Kailey Barnes 3||Jr.||Ozarks||Roanoke, Texas|
|M||Yissel Olivares||So.||Sul Ross State||El Paso, Texas|
|GK||Mariana Gonzalez||Fr.||UT Dallas||Rockwall, Texas|
|GK||Cortlynn Boone||So.||McMurry||Argyle, Texas|
|GK||Reagan Williams||Fr.||Mary Hardin-Baylor||Round Rock, Texas|
|GK||Julianne Wilson||Fr.||Belhaven||Mobile, Ala.|
|GK||Alitzel Ybarra 2||Jr.||Sul Ross State||Juarez, Mexico|
2 Two-Time All-Conference
3 Three-Time All-Conference
4 Four-Time All-Conference
5 Five-Time All-Conference
Bradshaw Selected as Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: November 5-7, 2021
Kerigan Bradshaw, G, Sr., Ozarks
Ozarks senior guard Kerigan Bradshaw (Harrison, Ark.) paced the Eagles to a season-opening 65-51 win at Hendrix, scoring 25 points. She also recorded six rebounds, four assists, and three steals while shooting 4-of-9 from three-point territory. It is Bradshaw’s second Player of the Week of her career.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
LeTourneau senior guard Keauna Whitfield (Rosebud, Texas) tallied 18 points with eight rebounds, two assists, and three steals in a 69-64 loss at Centenary (La.).
McMurry junior forward Destiny Mathews (Palestine, Texas) led the War Hawks with 18.5 points and 11.5 rebounds as they opened the season with a pair of losses. She scored 26 points in a 79-76 loss to Texas Lutheran and had 11 points and 11 rebounds in an overtime loss at Schreiner.
Hardin-Simmons junior guard Hallie Edmondson (Roby, Texas) averaged 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals, and 3.0 assists per game as the Cowgirls opened the season with a pair of road wins. She was also 11-of-12 at the free-throw line and 6-of-12 from outside.
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore center Kaitlyn Kollmorgen (Houston, Texas) averaged 9.5 points, and 8.5 rebounds as the Cru opened the season with a 1-1 record. She also posted 2.5 blocks per game.
Howard Payne graduate student guard Chelsey Harris (Waco, Texas) scored 19 points and gathered nine rebounds in a 64-56 loss to Southwestern (Texas).
East Texas Baptist senior guard Bridget Upton (George West, Texas) averaged 16.5 points per game with 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists as the No. 2 Tigers opened the season 1-1. She heads 22 points in a loss to Rhodes and 11 in a victory over Trinity (Texas).
Brown Selected as Men’s Hoops Player of the Week
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: November 5-7, 2021
Myles Brown, G, So., Howard Payne
Howard Payne sophomore guard Myles Brown (Houston, Texas) led the Yellow Jackets in a season-opening 79-70 win at Southwestern (Texas) with 20 points. He was 5-of-11 from behind the arc and 7-of-16 from the field with three rebounds and one assist.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
McMurry sophomore forward Michael Imariagbe (Houston, Texas) had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds in the War Hawks’ 99-96 win at Schreiner to open the season. He followed with 15 points and eight rebounds in a loss at Texas Lutheran. Imariagbe averaged 18.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game for the week while shooting 57.1 percent from the field.
Ozarks senior guard Grayson Nix (Red Oak, Okla.) averaged 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in a pair of Eagle losses. He scored 23 points against Hendrix on Sunday.
Sul Ross State junior guard Trey Nelson (Irving, Texas) led the Lobos with a game-high 20 points in a loss at Trinity (Texas). He also dished out six assists and had four rebounds, and was 4-of-6 from three-point range.
Hardin-Simmons senior forward Steven Quinn (Dallas, Texas) averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.0 steals per game as the Cowboys opened the season with a pair of road wins.
Jones, Redding, Sencherey, Garcia Named Players of the Week
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: November 6, 2021
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kyle Jones, QB, Sr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons senior quarterback Kyle Jones (Giddings, Texas) completed 20-of-22 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half of play, as the No. 8/8 Cowboys won 56-14 at Austin. He had touchdown passes of 9, 37, and 38 yards. It is Jones’ fifth career Player of the Week.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Ryan Redding, QB, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior quarterback Ryan Redding (New Braunfels, Texas) led the No. 2/2 Cru to come-from-behind 59-14 win over Howard Payne with 307 yards and two touchdowns 21-for-28 passing. He also added 98 yards on the ground with two more touchdowns.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Bernard Sencherey, LB, Sr., Southwestern
Southwestern senior linebacker Bernard Sencherey (Lake Jackson, Texas) posted seven tackles, including four solos, with one quarterback hurry and returned a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown as the Pirates defeated Texas Lutheran 24-14.
SPECIAL TEAMS OF THE WEEK – Alberto Garcia, K, So. East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist sophomore kicker Alberto Garcia (Huntsville, Texas) put the Tigers ahead for good with a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter in a 31-28 win at Sul Ross State. He was also 4-for-4 on extra points and averaged 57.7 yards per kickoff. It is Garcia’s second career Player of the Week award.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Southwestern freshman running-back Jaquon Marion (Bellaire, Texas) led a second-half comeback with 22 carries for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the Pirates’ 24-14 win against Texas Lutheran. He also caught two passes for 12 yards.
Belhaven senior running back Brad Foley (Memphis, Tenn.) became the first Blazer to rush for 3,000 career yards, going for 155 yards on 14 attempts with a touchdown in a 35-20 win over McMurry. He also had three catches for 62 yards and a score.
Sul Ross State freshman wide receiver Vicente Luevano (San Diego, Calif.) came up with six receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown in the Lobos’ 31-28 loss to East Texas Baptist.
East Texas Baptist sophomore quarterback Alek Child (Castroville, Texas) was 8-of-16, passing for 159 yards, and ran 86 yards with three touchdowns while coming off the bench in the Tigers’ 31-28 win at Sul Ross State.
Texas Lutheran sophomore cornerback Eugene Robinson IV (Lake Charles, La.) had four solo tackles and two interceptions in the Bulldogs’ 24-14 loss to Southwestern.
Austin sophomore defensive end Max Walstad (Highland Village, Texas) recorded six tackles, including 5.5 for -19 yards in a loss to No. 8/8 Hardin-Simmons.
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior linebacker Akeem Jackson (Fairfield, Texas) totaled six tackles, with one for a loss, a forced fumble, one interception, and a pass breakup in the No. 2/2 Cru’s 59-14 win over Howard Payne.
Belhaven junior linebacker Connor Fordham (Wedowee, Ala.) led the Blazers with nine tackles, including 2.5 for a loss in their 35-20 home win against McMurry.
Sul Ross State freshman linebacker Quincy Brown (Missouri City, Texas) recorded nine tackles, 1.5 for a loss of 12 yards and a sack in the Lobos’ 31-28 loss to East Texas Baptist.
East Texas Baptist senior linebacker Justice Henson (Shreveport, La.) led the Tigers with eight tackles, including two for a loss, in the Tigers’ 31-28 win at Sul Ross State.
Hardin-Simmons freshman cornerback Brock Bujnoch (Hutto, Texas) led the No. 8/8 Cowboys’ with eight tackles and recorded an interception in Austin’s 56-14 win.
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior kicker Brandon Cunningham (Wylie, Texas) was 6-for-6 in extra-point attempts and hit a 33-yard field goal in the No. 2/2 Cru’s 59-14 victory over Howard Payne.
Belhaven sophomore defensive lineman Carlton Brown (Memphis, Tenn.) blocked an extra point midway through the third quarter, shifting momentum in the Blazers’ 35-20 win over McMurry. He also had six tackles, with .5 for a loss.
Sul Ross State senior punter/kicker Jaden Brown (Andrews, Texas) averaged 44.2 yards per punt, with a long of 72, in the Lobos’ loss to East Texas Baptist. Brown also kicked one inside the 20 and had two of more than 50 yards.
HSU Wins 24th ASC Women’s Soccer Crown
ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons won its 24th American Southwest Conference Women’s Soccer Championship and 19th in a row on a 3-1 advantage in penalty kicks after dueling Mary Hardin-Baylor to 0-0, double-overtime draw at HSU Soccer Complex Sunday.
The Cowgirls (14-3-1) kicked off into the wind to open the game. After a strong opening in Cru territory, UMHB (14-3-2) could fend off the Cowgirl advance with long balls up into the jet stream.
The Cru mounted several attacks from the range, including a handful of shots from Ashley Vensel, who put three on frame in the contest. Cowgirl keeper Kendall Dowling and the HSU defense held down the fort, and the half ended scorelessly.
The second half was a tug of war match, with constant high pressure and counter-attacks from both teams. Each keeper earned the shutout with shots so close that watching couldn’t explain how they made the save.
The match went through two overtimes without a score, meaning a shootout would decide the champion. Hardin-Simmons would begin the penalty kicks.
The first was a score for HSU in the corner, and UMHB followed with a make. Cru keeper Reagan Williams stopped the second Cowgirl kick, and Dowling answered, punching out the next Cru try to keep it even at 1-1.
The Cowgirls scored the third kick to go up 2-1, and the Cru hit the top left post to bounce out kick number three. The Cowgirls hit the side post to miss the fourth, followed by another Dowling denial to make it a 2-1 lead going into the fifth kick, with HSU clinching the championship on a make. Aurora Arevalo netted the final PK to secure the title for the Cowgirls.
HSU outshot UMHB 21-11 overall and 11-3 on goal.
Hardin-Simmons earn the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament. The selection show will air at noon on NCAA.com.
MVP – Madelyn Dowell, Hardin-Simmons
Gabby Aviles, Hardin-Simmons
Kendall Dowling, Hardin-Simmons
Rachel Bean, Hardin-Simmons
Chandler Jackson, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Shay Taylor, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Kristen Burdick, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Kaelyn Riley, Concordia Texas
Hope Williams, Concordia Texas
Meriah Sikora, McMurry
Ashland Hansen, McMurry