The accolades continue to roll in for the Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team as a pair of Lions were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Central Region teams. Freshman Savannah Henderson picked up first team honors and senior Brionna Minde was a second team selection.
The honor is the latest in a long list for Henderson, who was named the Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year, a first team All-LSC selection and a second team Daktronics All-South Central Region honoree. The Mabank, Texas native led the Lions in every statistical category, ranking first in the LSC in shots (74), shots per game (3.89), assists (7) and assists per game (.368) while sitting fourth in goals (7), goals per game (.368) and game-winning goals (3). She was the LSC's Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 1 and helped pace the Lions to an NCAA appearance for the first time since 2008.
Minde capped her stellar A&M-Commerce career with her second NSCAA All-South Central Region honor after being named a third team selection in 2012. The Richardson, Texas native ranked second on the team in both assists (six) and points (12) while notching three goals, scoring the game-winning goal in double overtime against Ouachita Baptist (Oct. 23) while ranking second in the LSC in assists per game (0.353). A two-time All-LSC selection, including a second team honoree in 2013, Minde is also a two-time LSC Academic Player of the Year.
A&M-Commerce saw a dramatic turnaround in 2013 as the Lions posted an overall record of 11-6-2, finishing third in the Lone Star Conference standings and advancing to the LSC semifinals where they tied Midwestern State 0-0 but failed to advance on penalty kicks. It led to A&M-Commerce receiving a bid to the 2013 NCAA Division II tournament, its first postseason appearance since the 2008 season.
Henderson and Minde were two of eight Lone Star Conference players named to the All-Region team, and Henderson was one of just two LSC players to earn first team honors. Voted on by the head coaches of the regional institutions, Henderson is now eligible for consideration of becoming an NSCAA All-American, which will be named later this month.
2013 NSCAA South Central Region Honorees
Jaylin Yates (K) - Colorado Mines
Kelsey Neal (D) - Colorado Mines
Lauren Ripley (D) - Fort Lewis
Jordan Hopper (D) - Colorado Mines
Kate Orkild (D) - St. Edward's
Bree Archuleta (M) - Colorado Mines
Abby Rolph (M) - Metro State
Sidny Otto (M) - Regis
Lea Sedwick (M) - Dallas Baptist
Anna Evans (F) - Colorado Mines
Sam Weiss (F) - Fort Lewis
Lauren Heller (F) - St. Edward's
Ashley Cottrell (F) - Midwestern State
Savannah Henderson (F) - A&M-Commerce
Kallie Essary (K) - Midwestern State
Zsuria Phare (D) - Metro State
Rhea Belgrave (D) - West Texas A&M
Madyson Wellcome (D) - Fort Lewis
Megan McDerman (D) - Dallas Baptist
Becca Medina (M) - Metro State
Morgan Hannon (M) - Midwestern State
Maggie Schaffer (M) - Angelo State
Brionna Minde (F) - A&M-Commerce
Brandi Farley (F) - Metro State
Sierra Anderson (F) - Angelo State
Rachel Murray (F) - St. Edward's
Danielle Presley (F) - Dallas Baptist