Special to the Journal
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s soccer team has been picked to finish third in the American Southwest Conference’s Preseason Poll. The Cru totaled 187 points in balloting of ASC coaches and sports information directors.
Hardin-Simmons was picked to win its 13th consecutive ASC title with 238 total points and 18 first-place votes. U.T.-Tyler was picked second with 224 points and four first-place votes while U.T.-Dallas and Howard Payne were picked fourth and fifth with 179 points and 145 points, respectively. Concordia Texas was predicted a sixth-place finish with 128 points, LeTourneau was seventh with 109 points and East Texas Baptist was eighth with 106 points. Louisiana College, Ozarks and Sul Ross State were picked to finish in eighth, ninth and tenth. Louisiana College totaled 62 points, Ozarks combined 47 and Sul Ross State will compete in its inaugural season with 30 preseason points.
The Cru also had three athletes named to the Preseason Watch List. Junior forward Kathryn Parker, a native of Belton (Belton H.S.), earned the nod after a sophomore campaign that led the Cru in points (28), goals (nine), and shots (57). Parker also tied the ASC record for assists in 2014 with 10. Junior defender Charis Brantley and sophomore midfielder Sarah Rempe joined Parker on the watch list. Brantley, a College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated H.S.), native anchored the UMHB defense that ranked fourth in the ASC with 15 allowed goals and third with a 0.94 goals against average. Rempe, a native of Lewisville, Texas (Hebron H.S.), played in all 16 games for the Cru last season, totaled one goal and five assists with 22 shots. Parker, Brantley and Rempe were all named First-Team All-ASC a season ago.
U.T.-Tyler junior forward Morgan Monzingo earned Preseason Offensive Player of the Year while Hardin-Simmons senior defender Shannon Byrd was named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Monzingo led the ASC in points (32) and goals (14) last season, adding four assists while Byrd helped the Cowgirls limit opponents to just six goals for a 0.32 goals against average.
UMHB finished the 2014 season with a 9-5-2 overall mark and 6-1-2 conference record. UMHB also advanced to the ASC postseason for the second consecutive year under head coach Barry Elkins. UMHB opens the season at Austin College on Tuesday, September 1st in Sherman.