Trinity Women’s Soccer Ranked 20th in Final Poll

Trinity Women’s Soccer Ranked 20th in Final Poll

San Antonio - The Trinity women's soccer team earned a ranking of #20 in the NCAA Division III by the final Poll, up from the previous 21st slot.

United Soccer Coaches ranked the Tigers at #22 in the organization's final poll, as Trinity rose three positions from an earlier posting. 

Led by fourth-year Head Coach Dylan Harrison '02, the Tigers completed the campaign with a 17-4-1 overall record and an 8-0-0 mark in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). Coach Harrison and his assistant coaches were elected the NCAA Division III West Region Staff of the Year by United Soccer Coaches. Spencer Valdespino, Claire Edwards '08, and Jeremiah Narvaez assisted Coach Harrison.

The SCAC tabbed Coach Harrison as the conference Women's Soccer Coach of the Year for the third straight occasion, as Trinity won the regular-season championship.

The Tigers then headed to the SCAC Tournament in Georgetown, Texas. Top-seeded Trinity received a bye to the Semifinals and defeated the University of Dallas (TX). The Tigers and host Southwestern fought their way to a 0-0 tie, and the Pirates won the title by edging Trinity 5-4 in penalty kicks.

Trinity received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, marking the Tigers 11th consecutive appearance in the national event. The Tigers headed to Abilene, Texas, for the opening rounds and defeated Pacific Lutheran (WA) University and 19th-ranked host Hardin-Simmons (TX) University. 

The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Round of 16, for the first time since 2016. Trinity traveled to Grantham, Pennsylvania, where eventual NCAA champion Messiah (PA) College ended the Tigers' season.

Numerous accolades were presented to senior Kristen Canepa. The Tiger defender was elected to the United Soccer Coaches All-America First Team for the second consecutive year. Canepa also was tabbed for the United Soccer Coaches All-West Region First Team, and was named the SCAC Defensive Player of the Year, each for the second straight time.

Canepa scored five goals, with two game-winners in the process, and sent two assists to her teammates.

Sophomore midfielders Camryn Beall and Kaity Ward also were elected to the All-West Region First Team, while sophomore midfielder Cece Hendricks made the Third Team. Beall led the Tigers with nine goals and three game-winners, along with chalking up an assist. Ward posted seven goals (two game-winners) and seven assists.

First-year defender Nyah Shepherd was ranked 13th nationally in total assists, with 13 in her column. Shepherd was 14th in assists per game, at 0.59. Junior goalkeeper Paige Wallace held a #19 ranking in goals-against average, at 0.523. Wallace made 38 saves during the season.

The Tiger team had 15 shutouts in the season, and was ranked 11th in Division III clean-sheet percentage at 0.682. Trinity was ranked 14th in total assists (53), 15th in goals-against average (0.496), 19th in assists per game (2.41), 20th in total points (179.0), and 22nd in total goals (63.0).