Angelo State junior Caitlyn Conaway has been named the Lone Star Conference's Preseason Co-Defender of the Year and the Rambelles were prognosticated to finish third in the preseason poll which was release Wednesday.
ASU, which finished last season with an 11-7-2 overall record and third
in the regular-season conference standings with an 8-5-1 record in LSC
play, finished behind Midwestern State and Midwestern State in the
preseason poll. West Texas A&M finished with 10 first-place votes
and 84 points, while Midwestern State had three first-place votes and 75
points. ASU received one first-place vote and was four points behind
MSU with 71 points. ASU has made the postseason the past three seasons
and advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament last season.
"I really don't think anyone is going to run away with the conference this season," ASU head coach Travis McCorkle said. "It's really a strong group of teams throughout with no easy games on the schedule. If we play defense like we did last year, we'll be right there at the end. Our defense is going to give us the opportunity to win a lot of games and we'll need our attacking to improve to score goals and win those close games."
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Conaway started 21 games for the Rambelles and helped lead the conference's top defensive team last season as a sophomore. ASU ranked at the top of the LSC in goals allowed, goals against average and shutouts. The Kennedale native earned second-team recognition from the conference for her defensive effort and also scored her career's first goal in a 1-0 win over TWU at the ASU Soccer Field.
"We have a great group of returners on defense and Conaway is a big part of that group," McCorkle said. "She has all the physical tools and athletism, but also is constantly striving to become a better player by asking questions and problem solve. She is never satisfied and always wants to become better at her job."
Texas A&M-Commerce claims fourth with 42 points, while Texas Woman's is fifth (41) and Eastern New Mexico sixth (23). A&M-Commerce and TWU each received one first-place vote each. West Texas A&M is coming off the 2012 season where it won the regular-season and tournament championship.
The 2013 soccer season starts on the pitch in early September. Each of the six LSC teams will play the other twice during the regular season, with the results of those contests to be used in determining the seeds for a four-team postseason conference tournament. This year's tournament will be hosted by the No. 1 seed November 8-10, 2013.
Midwestern State's Ashley Cottrell was tabbed Offensive Player of the Year, while Texas Woman's Lindsey Sisco was named Goalkeeper of the Year. Conaway shares the preseason defensive distinction with TWU's Sarah Deeb.
Cottrell, a sophomore midfielder/defender from Arlington, was tabbed LSC Freshman of the Year honors and an All-LSC first-teamer in her first season. She led team with seven goals and 14 points, and ranked fourth in the LSC in goals scored and fifth in total points.
Deeb, a sophomore defender from Plano, started all 19 games for the Pioneers and matched-up against the opponent's top scorers all season. The All-LSC second-team honoree recorded her first collegiate point on Oct. 3 at Texas A&M-Commerce when she picked-up an assist.
Sisco, a junior goalie from Midlothian, started 17 games in net for TWU this season. She posted a 1.46 goals-against average and .713 save percentage. The All-LSC honorable mention selection finished the year with a 7-9-1 record and four shutouts.
The 2013 soccer season starts on the pitch in early September. ASU opens its season on the road on Sept. 5 at New Mexico Highlands and then hosts its first home game at 2 p.m. on Sept. 7 against Ouachita Baptist. Each of the six LSC teams will play the other twice during the regular season, with the results of those contests to be used in determining the seeds for a four-team postseason conference tournament. This year's tournament will be hosted by the No. 1 seed November 8-10, 2013.
*Portions of the official Lone Star Conference release were used in this report.