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Bell, Ramirez among six all-Southland honorees for Lion Soccer


FRISCO – Six Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer players earned all-Southland Conference recognition on Tuesday morning, including Kaydence Ramirez being named the Newcomer of the Year and Hannah Bell earning the Freshman of the Year and Forward of the Year honors.

Along with Ramirez (Waxahachie) and Bell (Duncanville), Nya Mitchell (Dallas – Mesquite Horn) and Camila Montero (Langham Creek) were named to the first team all-conference, while Mindy Shoffit (Wichita Falls – Rider) and Melissa Storey (Tyne and Wear, England) made the second team.

The six honorees in the same season are the most for the Lions since the 2017 season. The Lions went 7-1-2 in conference play this season to finish second and play Houston Christian in the first round of the SLC Tournament at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Ramirez, a redshirt freshman transfer from Alabama, finished the regular season leading the Southland in goals (10), points (24), and shots (69). She had a scoring streak of seven matches during conference play and had two games in the season in which she scored two goals.

Bell, in her freshman season, totaled nine goals, which is second in the conference, four match-winning goals, which is second in the conference overall and the most during conference play, and recorded 19 points, which tied for third in the conference. She had a scoring streak of six matches as well.

The Lions have now won the conference Freshman of the Year award for the third straight season.

Mitchell played all but three minutes in conference play, with the Lions recording three shutouts and four overall. Playing in the backline, she was part of the defensive unit that was fourth in the SLC in goals against and was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week once. It is the second straight season that Mitchell, a sophomore, has earned all-conference honors.

Montero was second in the conference in assists during conference play, appearing in and starting every match. She was part of the unit that was second in the conference in goals scored and finished conference play 10th overall in points.

Shoffit has earned all-conference honors for the second straight season as well. The senior defender played the full 90 minutes of two of the four shutouts for the Lions and was part of the defensive unit that was fourth in the conference in goals against. Her throw-in efforts were impactful throughout the season as she added five assists during conference play, which was second in conference play, and scored a goal.

Storey earned the first all-conference honor of her career in her senior season. They named her to the all-freshman team in her freshman season. She finished conference play ranked seventh in assists (3), match-winning goals (1), and points (7). Storey appeared in 16 matches in the midfield for the Lions and was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week once.

2023 Southland Conference Soccer All-Conference Teams

Player of the Year: Hollie Massey, Lamar

Freshman of the Year: Hannah Bell, A&M-Commerce

Newcomer of the Year: Kaydence Ramirez, A&M-Commerce

Defender of the Year: Arely Alaniz, Lamar 

Midfielder of the Year: Alana Clark, Lamar

Forward of the Year: Hannah Bell, A&M-Commerce

Goalkeeper of the Year: Nicole Panis, Lamar 

Coach of the Year: Nathan Kogut, Lamar


Pos. Name School Class Hometown
GK Nicole Panis3 Lamar Gr. Opmeer, Netherlands
DF Arely Alaniz2 Lamar Sr. Deer Park, Texas
DF Kat Lazor2 HCU Sr. Missouri City, Texas
DF Nya Mitchell2 A&M-Commerce So. Dallas, Texas
DF Kaisa Juvonen4 Lamar Gr. Tampere, Finland
MF Hollie Massey2 Lamar Gr. Cheshire, England
MF Camila Montero A&M-Commerce Jr. Houston, Texas
MF Kaile Kukaua McNeese Jr. Valencia, California
MF Alana Clark Lamar Sr. Austin, Texas
FWD Hannah Bell A&M-Commerce Fr. Dallas, Texas
FWD Kaydence Ramirez A&M-Commerce Rs-Fr. Waxahachie, Texas
FWD Isela Ramirez2 Lamar Jr. Pflugerville, Texas
FWD Cariel Ellis2 Lamar Gr. Madison, Mississippi


Pos. Name School Class Hometown
GK Jackie Kelly2 McNeese Jr. Benicia, California
DF Mindy Shoffit2 A&M-Commerce Sr. Wichita Falls, Texas
DF Caragan Childs Lamar Jr. Sumrall, Mississippi
DF Maddie Janolo Lamar Gr. Denton, Texas
DF Morgan Schooley2 McNeese Jr. St. Augustine, Florida
MF Rachel Loetzer2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. Frisco, Texas
MF Mya Guillory4 Southeastern Sr. Prairieville, Louisiana
MF Kiana Kukaua3 McNeese Sr. Valencia, California
MF Alexa Huerta HCU So. Austin, Texas
MF Melissa Storey A&M-Commerce Sr. Tyne and Wear, England
MF Trinity Clark2 Lamar Sr. Austin, Texas
FWD Taylor Spitzer Northwestern State So. Allen, Texas
FWD Sierra Wannamaker3 UIW Sr. San Antonio, Texas
FWD Olivia Rossman HCU Fr. Santa Ana, California
FWD Magalie Dépôt McNeese Sr. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

2 – Two-time All-Southland selection
3 – Three-time All-Southland selection
4 – Four-time All-Southland selection

Photo – Tamara Susa

Lion Soccer begins the SLC Tournament against Huskies.

COMMERCE – The postseason is here for the Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team, who faces seventh-seeded Houston Christian in the Southland Conference tournament on Wednesday. 

WHO: No. 2 seed A&M-Commerce vs. No. 7 seed Houston Christian

WHERE: Corpus Christi | Dr. Jack Dugan Soccer & Track Stadium

WHEN: Wednesday, November 1 | 4:00 pm

RECORDS: The Lions are 9-6-3 on the season, while the Huskies are 6-10. In conference play, the Lions had a history of 7-1-2 for second place, and HCU placed seventh with a 4-6 record.




A trip to the Southland Tournament Semifinals is on the line. The winner of Wednesday’s match faces either McNeese or Southeastern in the semifinals at 4 pm on Friday.


The Lions beat McNeese on the road by a score of 1-0 to secure the No. 2 seed in the tournament.


On Tuesday morning, Hannah Bell (Duncanville) was named the Southland Conference Forward and Freshman of the Year. She was second in the conference with nine goals scored and tallied four match-winners in conference play, which was best in the SLC.

The Lions have won the conference Freshman of the Year award for the third year in a row.


Kaydence Ramirez (Waxahachie) was named the SLC Newcomer of the Year on Tuesday morning as well. She finished the season leading the conference in goals, shots, and points.


Along with Bell and Ramirez on the first team all-Southland, Nya Mitchell (Mesquite Horn) and Camila Montero (Langham Creek) were named to the first team. Mindy Shoffit (Wichita Falls – Rider) and Melissa Storey (Tyne and Wear, England) made the second team, marking the first time since 2017 that the Lions had six all-conference honors.


The 2-1 loss to A&M-Corpus Christi on October 13 ended numerous streaks for the Lions. Coming into that match, the Lions had won six in a row, the longest winning streak since 2016.

The Lions were 5-0 in conference play, which matched the best start to conference play since 2004 and 1999. 


The Lions lost their first match at home this season when they fell to A&M-Corpus Christi. The five-match unbeaten streak was the longest to start the season since 2017, in which the Lions won their first nine home matches. 

A&M-Commerce finished with a record of 5-1-2 at home this season.


Gillian McKenzie (Mesquite Horn) posted a shutout over McNeese last Friday, recording five saves in the 1-0 win. She was selected as the SLC Goalkeeper of the Week as a result, becoming the seventh honoree from A&M-Commerce this season.

They named Ramirez SLC Offensive Player of the Week twice, Sophia Dean (Spring – Grand Oaks) has been named Goalkeeper of the Week twice, Mitchell was named Defensive Player of the Week once, and Storey was named Offensive Player of the Week once as well.


Date Goalkeeper Defensive Offensive
Aug. 22 Makenzie Hall, UIW Eve Clarkson, UIW Kelsey Fuller, Southeastern
Aug. 29 Sophia Dean, A&M-Commerce Ellie-Mae Sanford, UIW Kaydence Ramirez, A&M-Commerce
Sept. 5 Kennedy Stelling, A&M-Corpus Christi Lauren Andre, Nicholls Maggie Murray, A&M-Corpus Christi
Sept. 12 Libe Banuelos, Northwestern State Rachel Loetzer, A&M-Corpus Christi Hollie Massey, Lamar
Sept. 19 Nicole Panis, Lamar Arely Alaniz, Lamar Cariel Ellis, Lamar
Sept. 26 Jackie Kelly, McNeese Martine Ellefsen, McNeese Taylor Spitzer, Northwestern State
Oct. 3 Sophia Dean, A&M-Commerce (2) Nya Mitchell, A&M-Commerce Hollie Massey, Lamar (2)
Oct. 10 Nicole Panis, Lamar Rachel Loetzer, A&M-Corpus Christi Melissa Storey, A&M-Commerce
Oct. 17 Jackie Kelly, McNeese Alexi Pitt, McNeese Hanna Moffatt, Southeastern
Oct. 24 Erica Defferding, UIW Arely Alaniz, Lamar (2) Kaydence Ramirez, A&M-Commerce (2)
Oct. 31 Gillian McKenzie, A&M-Commerce Mia Salas, Houston Christian Cariel Ellis, Lamar (2)

Bell scored a goal in her first collegiate match, tallying a goal in the first half against Oral Roberts. She has scored eight goals on the season, which includes match winners against UTEP, Northwestern State, and Southeastern.

Scoring once in each half and posting a shutout in net against Tulsa gave the Lions a 2-0 win, their first in 2023. It was also A&M-Commerce’s first non-conference win in the Division I era.

Kristen Sueltz (The Colony) scored the first equalizing goal and then added the match-winner against UTEP for the win. She did not have a goal this season prior to the win over the Miners.

The Lions head into the 2023 season with several newcomers, highlighted by three transfers from fellow NCAA Division I schools and impactful freshmen. The Lions are picked to finish second in the Southland Conference, which is the program’s highest predicted finish since 2018.

The Lions are coming off a historic season last year, which was A&M-Commerce’s first in NCAA Division I and the Southland Conference. The Lions went 9-9-2, finishing third in the SLC during the regular season and advancing to the SLC Tournament Championship match.

A&M-Commerce retains four all-conference players from last season, highlighted by 2022 Southland Freshman of the Year Mya Mitchell (Dallas – Mesquite Horn) as well as Ashley Campuzano (Dallas – Atlas Prep), Nya Mitchell (Dallas – Mesquite Horn), and Mindy Shoffit (Wichita Falls – Rider).

In the SLC preseason poll, the Lions were voted to finish second, behind defending SLC champion Lamar. Additionally, Campuzano and Mya Mitchell were named to preseason first team all-conference, while Shoffit, Nya Mitchell, and Hailey Griffin (Byron Nelson) were named to preseason second team all-conference.

2023 Southland Preseason Poll

1 Lamar (14) 126
3 Southeastern 84
4 HCU (2) 83
5 Northwestern State (2) 81
6 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 68
7 McNeese 53
8 UIW 33
9 Nicholls 23

Photo – Mario Terrana

Lion Women’s Golf closes out fall at The Judson, Far-Arun ties for 13th

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Benz Far-Arun carded another top 15 finish for the Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s golf team, who took 10th at The Judson on Tuesday at the Hattiesburg Country Club.

“The ladies played solid overall, but just a few big numbers made us drop some spots on the leaderboard,” said coach Lise Malherbe. “We could count four respectable scores each round this week, which has been a goal this semester.”

Far-Arun (Bangkok, Thailand) had four of five birdies in Tuesday’s final round, posting a round of 73. Her total score of 220 (78-69-73) tied for 13th, with Tarleton’s Lou Deltombe winning the tournament with 213 (67-73-73).

Marie Baertz (Luxembourg) and Jordan Dusckas (Flower Mound Marcus) tied for 41st with scores of 232, while Annika Schwinn (Rehlingen, Germany) tied for 53rd place with a score of 239 (82-78-79) and Marie Naeher (Neuenbuerg, Germany) posted a score of 242 (76-81-83) to tie for 60th place.

This week, Fahsai Inmee (Prachaup Khiri Khan, Thailand) competed individually and tied for 53rd with a score of 239 (85-76-78).

Central Arkansas won the team title by five strokes over Southern Mississippi. Central Arkansas posted a score of 875 (294-288-293). The Lions’ score of 919 (306-304-307) was 10th, four back of UAB and ten ahead of South Alabama.

“We will use the offseason to rest a little and then do some 1-on-1 work with the team. Hoping to continue the upward trend come February,” Malherbe added.

It was the final fall tournament for the Lions, who begin the spring season at the Islander Classic on February 19-20.

Pos. Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
1 Central Arkansas 294 288 293 875
2 Southern Miss 286 296 298 880
3 Cincinnati 296 300 289 885
4 Tarleton 292 300 307 899
5 Drake 301 295 305 901
6 Belmont 295 304 304 903
T7 North Alabama 297 308 302 907
T7 Central Michigan 302 303 302 907
9 UAB 310 294 311 915
10 A&M-COMMERCE 308 304 307 919
11 South Alabama 304 314 311 929
12 Western Illinois 316 316 323 955


10 A&M-COMMERCE 306 304 307 919
T13 Benz Far-Arun 78 69 73 220
T41 Marie Baertz 77 79 76 232
T41 Jordan Dusckas 75 78 79 232
T53 Annika Schwinn 82 78 79 239
T60 Marie Naeher 76 81 83 242

Fahsai Inmee – T53 – 239 (85-76-78)