HSU Cowgirls picked 1st and McMurry picked 6th in ASC Soccer | KTAB
RICHARDSON, Texas – Hardin-Simmons has been chosen to win the 2021 Southwestern Conference women’s football title after a vote from the league’s head coaches and directors of athletic information, the office of ASC on Tuesday August 31.
Senior Madelyn Dowell has been selected for the CSA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Senior forwards Rachel Bean and Michaela Sabrsula have also been named players to watch for the upcoming season with Dowell.
Junior forward Mary Hardin-Baylor Maria Rico and HSU senior midfielder Madelyn Dowell have been selected as the CSA’s offensive and defensive player of the year, respectively.
Hardin-Simmons (7-0-2 / 5-0-1 ASC) received 238 points and 19 of 22 first-place votes. Marcus Wood and the Cowgirls won their 23rd ASC Championship in 2020-21.
UT Dallas (6-0-2 / 5-0 ASC) tallied 213 points with three votes for first place after winning the East Division in the spring and losing in the ASC Championship final on penalties to goal.
Mary Hardin-Baylor (7-1-1 / 6-1 ASC) received 195 points for third place and East Texas Baptist (6-2-2 / 4-1-1 ASC) was fourth with 163 points.
The survey was completed by Belhaven (156); McMurry (118); Sul Ross State (100); Ozarks (81); Concordia Texas (71); LeTourneau (64) and Howard Payne (51).
Rico was tied for the league lead with five goals and one assist for Le Cru and was the 2020-21 ASC Offensive Player of the Year.
Dowell was a conference first-team all-star selection after scoring three goals with three assists and contributing seven shutouts in nine games for the Cowgirls.
Thirty-three student-athletes have been named to the CSA’s list of soccer players to watch. The roster is made up of a maximum of three players from each institution appointed by the head coaches. Twenty-seven of the players submitted return selections from all conferences, including six individual winners.
The 2021 season will start on Wednesday September 1.
The CSA Championship Tournament is scheduled for November 2, 5 and 7. The quarter-finals will be hosted by the top four seeds with the semi-finals and the No. 1 seeded championship game.
Wilson is the official football of the American Southwest Conference and used by the 11 members and during the CSA Championships.