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2018 NAIA Women's Soccer All-America Teams Announced

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 2018 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-America Team was announced on Tuesday as Bethany Balcer of Spring Arbor (Mich.) was named the 2018 NAIA Player of the Year. The NAIA All-America Committee, which consists of the NAIA-Women’s Soccer Coaches Association officers and seven additional women’s soccer coaches, select the three 11-member teams and the honorable mention teams.

For the second-consecutive season, forward Bethany Balcer was named the Player of the Year. The senior from Hudsonville, Mich., posted 31 goals over the course of the season, including five in postseason play. She also ranked No. 2 in the nation in game winning goals with 11 to her credit.

Overall, national champion William Carey (Miss.) and Keiser (Fla.) lead all teams with six honorees, followed by Martin Methodist (Tenn.) with five. Southeastern led all institutions with three first team selections.

The 2018 Select Sport America-NAIA Women’s Soccer National Coach of the Year will be announced at the United Soccer Coaches’ Association National Convention on Jan 15.

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2018 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-America First Team Selections

Name School Hometown Yr. Position
Matilda Ovenberger Keiser (Fla.) Sodra Sanby, Sweden Fr. Forward
Bethany Balcer Spring Arbor (Mich.) Hudsonville, Mich. Sr. Forward
Uchenna Kanu Southeastern (Fla.) Abia, Nigeria Jr. Forward
Millene Cabral Martin Methodist (Tenn.) Porto Alegre, Brazil Sr. Forward
Ana Paula Santos William Carey (Miss.) Sao Paulo, Brazil So. Midfielder
Filippa Millqvist Keiser (Fla.) Malmo, Sweden Jr. Midfielder
Aisha Solorzano Southeastern (Fla.) Guatemala City, Guatemala So. Midfielder
April Stewart William Carey (Miss.) Pascagoula, Miss. Sr. Back
Isamar Duran Southeastern (Fla.) Homestead, Fla. Sr. Back
Molly Schmidt Benedictine (Kan.) Overland Park, Kan. Sr. Back
Rachel Thigpen Midland (Neb.) Santee, Calif. So. Goalkeeper

2018 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-America Second Team Selections

Name School Hometown Year Position
Nayeli Rodriguez Midland (Neb.) San Diego, Calif. Jr. Forward
Emily, Ambuul Benedictine (Kan.) Colorado Springs, Colo. Jr. Forward
Riley Martinson Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) Deer Park, Wash. So. Forward
Veronica Kurtz Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Asuncion, Paraguay Sr. Midfielder
Olivia Meyers Benedictine (Kan.) Olathe, Kan. Sr. Midfielder
Casandra Besteman Spring Arbor (Mich.) Hudsonville, Mich. Sr. Midfielder
Malorie Henderlong Spring Arbor (Mich.) Crown Point, Ind. Jr. Back
Adri Jackson Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) Port Orchard, Wash. Sr. Back
Myranda Baca Vanguard (Calif.) Aliso Viejo, Calif. Jr. Back
Sanna Svensson Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Eslov, Sweden Sr. Back
Abby Baravik William Carey (Miss.) Laurel, Miss. Sr. Goalkeeper

2018 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-America Third Team Selections

Name School Hometown Year Position
Nicole Kelly Benedictine (Kan.) Prior Lake, Minn. Jr. Forward
Miku Sunaga Martin Methodist (Tenn.) Tokyo, Japan So. Forward
Shantell Thompson William Carey (Miss.) St. Catherine, Jamaica Sr. Forward
Sina Cavelti Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Wollerau, Switzerland Fr. Forward
Natsuna Sugishita Martin Methodist (Tenn.) Tokyo, Japan Fr. Midfielder
Suzuho Yamasaki Martin Methodist (Tenn.) Kagawa, Japan Fr. Midfielder
Breanna Larkin Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) Las Vegas, Nev. Sr. Midfielder
Amanda Annee Marian University (Ind.) Indianapolis, Ind. Sr. Back
Tova Nilsson Keiser (Fla.) Veberod, Sweden Jr. Back
Alaina Melanson Midland (Neb.) Santee, Calif. Jr. Back
Caitlyn Logan John Brown (Ark.) Charlotte, N.C. So. Goalkeeper

2018 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-America Honorable Mention Selections

Name School Hometown Yr. Position
Alanna Castaneda MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) Dallas, Texas Sr. Midfielder
Allison Vroon Grace (Ind.) Holland, Mich. Sr. Midfielder
Aspen Carpenter John Brown (Ark.) Littleton, Colo. Sr. Forward
Aubrey Feipel Grace College (Ind.) Fort Wayne, Ind. Sr. Defender
Bania Duran Southeastern (Fla.) Homestead, Fla. Jr. Midfielder
Brooke Mays Ottawa (Kan.) La Habra, Calif. Sr. Midfielder
Colleen Kennedy Mobile (Ala.) Rockvale, Tenn. Sr. Forward
Courtney Denney Marian (Ind.) New Castle, Ind. Sr. Forward
Cristina Ramos Science & Arts (Okla.) Madrid, Spain Sr. Midfielder
Cydni Cottrell Eastern Oregon Pasco, Wash. Jr. Goalkeeper
Dawson Brinkley Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) San Antonio, Texas Fr. Forward
Elena (PT) Perez Midland (Neb.) San Diego, Calif. Jr. Midfielder
Elly Brummel Trinity Christian (Ill.) Hudsonville, Mich. Sr. Defender
Emma Rice Science & Arts (Okla.) Norman, Okla. Fr. Forward
Gabi Haw Westmont (Calif.) Costa Mesa, Calif. So. Goalkeeper
Hailey Gomillion The Master's (Calif.) Lancaster, Calif. Sr. Forward
Hannah Benedict MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) Oklahoma City, Okla. Sr. Forward
Hannah Crum Aquinas (Mich.) Waterford, Mich. Fr. Forward
Hayley Magana Vanguard (Calif.) Los Alamitos, Calif. So. Goalkeeper
Heidi Giles Mobile (Ala.) Clive, AB, Canada Jr. Defender
Iris Rabot Northwestern Ohio Lyon, France Fr. Midfielder
Jackie Igulu Benedictine-Mesa (Ariz.) Tucson, Ariz. So. Forward
Jacquelyn Gardner Northwestern Ohio Kalida, Ohio Sr. Forward
Jazzmyn Esquivel Hope International (Calif.) Hacienda Heights, Calif. Sr. Forward
Jessica Bianchi Trinity Christian (Ill.) Elmhurst, Ill. Sr. Forward
Joy Mertzig Georgia Gwinnett Stockholm, Sweden Fr. Defender
Julia Amador, Mejias Missouri Valley San Cristobal, Spain Sr. Midfielder
Katie Michkiosky Northwest (Wash.) Wenatchee, Wash. Sr. Forward
Kati-Jayde Cunningham LSU Shreveport (La.) Stonewall, La. Sr. Forward
Kehley Bitzas Culver Stockton (Mo.) Greenvale, Australia Jr. Goalkeeper
Kellian Ahearn The Master's (Calif.) Mission Viejo, Calif. Sr. Midfielder
Kelly Stubbington William Carey (Miss.) Hornchurch, England Sr. Midfielder
Lakin Walls Campbellsville (Ky.) Bardstown, Ky. Jr. Midfielder
Lauren Orr Spring Arbor (Mich.) Hudsonville, Mich. Sr. Midfielder
Laurie Potvin Hastings (Neb.) Quebec City, Canada So. Defender
Leigha Williams Hope International (Calif.) Fountain Valley, Calif. Jr. Midfielder
Linnea Axengren Keiser (Fla.) Gallstad, Sweden Fr. Midfielder
Lira Mathes Martin Methodist (Tenn.) Knoxville, Tenn. So. Defender
Luci Brasil Central Methodist (Mo.) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Jr. Defender
Maddi Berthoud Westmont (Calif.) Rowley, Mass. Jr. Forward
Maddy Mak Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) Renton, Wash. Jr. Defender
Maria Deeter Concordia (Neb.) Seward, Neb. Sr. Midfielder
Marielisa Hallam Vanguard (Calif.) Corona, Calif. Fr. Midfielder
Marisol Kroencke Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) Duisburg, Germany So. Midfielder
Marjolen Nekesa Oklahoma Wesleyan Nairobi, Kenya So. Midfielder
Maxi Krug Keiser (Fla.) Thuringia, Germany So. Midfielder
Michelle Pena Kansas Wesleyan Oxnard, Calif. Jr. Forward
Molly Klein Columbia (Mo.) Columbia, Mo. Jr. Midfielder
Nicole Hawley Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) Oshkosh, Wis. Sr. Forward
Nicole Rodriguez Georgia Gwinnett Atlanta, Ga. Sr. Midfielder
Nina Haeberlin Keiser (Fla.) Krefeld, Germany Jr. Goalkeeper
Peyton Davis Rio Grande (Ohio) Chillicothe, Ohio So. Forward
Rachel Topliss Central Methodist (Mo.) Walsall, England Sr. Midfielder
Rebecca Holloway Cumberland (Tenn.) Bristol, England Sr. Midfielder
Rhiannon Castle de Ortega Hastings (Neb.) Newcastle, England Sr. Forward
Ruby Hallam Columbia College (S.C.) Derby, UK Sr. Midfielder
Ruth Khasoha Oklahoma Wesleyan Nairobi, Kenya So. Defender
Sara Randez Cumberlands (Ky.) Alfraro, Spain So. Midfielder
Sarah Haddock Cumberland (Tenn.) Newtownards, N. Ireland So. Defender
Savannah Jackson Johnson & Wales (Fla.) Davenport, Fla. So. Forward
Selah Hopkins Trinity Christian (Ill.) Bowmanville, Ontario Fr. Forward
Stina Andersson Georgia Gwinnett Norrkoping, Sweden Sr. Defender
Tameir Grosvenor Texas Wesleyan DeSoto, Texas So. Forward
Taylor Boyer Eastern Oregon Eugene, Ore. Sr. Midfielder
Taylor Hults Thomas (Ga.) St. John's, Fla. So. Defender
Valeria Miranda William Carey (Miss.) Mexico City, Mexico Jr. Defender
Teagan Matye Westmont (Calif.) Roseville, Calif. Fr. Midfielder

Championship Information

NAIA Women's Soccer Championship
Sports Rules - Soccer (W)