JONESBORO, Ark. (8/8/14) – Loren Mitchell, Katie Hosea, Amanda Lee, Samhia Simao and Jordan Adams of the Arkansas State University women’s soccer team picked up preseason honors Friday morning as each were named the College Sports Madness Sun Belt Conference Preseason All-Conference women’s soccer team.
Mitchell, Hosea and Lee attained first-team laurels, while Adams and Simao received second-team kudos. The five total selections were the most of any team in the league and the Red Wolves’ three first-team selections were tied for the most with Louisiana-Lafayette. The Ragin’ Cajuns Yazmin Montoya was tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Year and her teammate Grave Howell-Harries was the Defensive Player of the Year. South Alabama’s Charde Hannah was chosen as the publication’s pick for Freshman of the Year and Jaguar’s coach Graham Winkworth was picked as the Preseason Coach of the Year.
Mitchell (6-2, Jr., Lawrenceville, Ga.), a 2013 SBC First-Team and SBC All-Tournament team member, led A-State with 12 goals and 28 points in 20 games last season. She also scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute of the Red Wolves’ opening round of the SBC Tournament to give the program its first win in postseason play.
Lee (5-6, Jr., Brampton, Canada), stopped a career-high 92 shots in 2013 in 17 games in net. She averaged 5.41 saves per game, the second highest mark in the league, and her 1.34 goals against average was the third lowest in school history. Hosea (5-5, Sr., McKinney, Texas), helped anchor a defensive back line what was one of the stingiest in the Sun Belt in 2013. She took five shots and logged 1,600 minutes the third most on the team.
Simao (5-8, Sr., Belo Horizonte, Brazil), appeared in 15 matches and finished second on the team with six goals. Her 43 points were the third most on the team and her 1.07 points per game were the seventh most in the league. Adams (5-7, Jr., Longview, Texas), started all 20 matches in 2013 and scored one goal against Grambling State. Along with Hosea, she helped provide a strong defensive unit in front of Lee and played all 110 minutes in A-State’s double overtime game in the SBC semifinals.
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