Mac and Bethany both had two representatives on the 20 team list.
The McPherson and Bethany College women’s soccer teams were both equally represented on the 2016 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Preseason Women’s Soccer Team.
The Bulldogs are led by goal scoring machine Cydney Lewis and goalkeeper Sheryl Evans, both of whom were named to the second team.
Lewis, a senior from Ottawa, Kansas, scored nine goals last season and nine the previous year to bring her career total to 20. Lewis isn’t afraid to shoot the ball, tallying 115 shots in her career, with 61 of them being on goal.
Evans, meanwhile, made her team debut last season and never looked back.
The Bahamas native started in 17 games for the Bulldogs in net last year, making 92 saves and four shutouts. With Evans the clear starter for her senior year, look for her to be one of the premier goalkeepers in the KCAC.
But it wouldn’t be fair to talk about premier goalkeepers in the conference without mentioning Bethany’s Jovana Canales.
The 2015 KCAC Goalkeeper off the Year edged Evans to secure a first team spot, thanks to impressive numbers like 93 saves to only 16 goals allowed and five shutouts in 2015.
“Her talent is great, but the biggest thing she brings back this year is leadership,” Swedes coach John Markey said. “Jovana helps us stay origanized on the defensive side of the ball, and she’s a real leader in the defense.”
While Canales is the star on defense for Bethany, it’s clear that Sarah Henderson is in control on offense. Henderson was named the KCAC Freshman of the Year in 2013, KCAC Most Valuable Player in 2014 and an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American Honorable Mention also in 2014. Henderson is now a three time KCAC First Team member.
“Sarah leads us from the front and Jovana from the back,” Markey said. “We’re pretty excited to bring in players that will help (Sarah), and it’s great to have such a dangerous player.”
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