The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2015 College Division All-State Women’s Soccer team on Wednesday. Twenty-two players representing 10 different North Carolina Colleges and Universities were selected to the first and second teams.
Wingate led the way with three selections to the first team, while UNC Pembroke, Belmont Abbey and Lenoir-Rhyne each had two players named to the first team. Barton and Pfeiffer rounded out the first team with one selection apiece.
Wingate’s goalie Alexis Jones earned her first selection to the NCCSIA first team. Jones earned All-South Atlantic Conference (SAC) honors for the first time in her career. The sophomore compiled a league-best 0.51 goals against average while also leading the league in save percentage (.857). She ranked second nationally in goals against average a nd third in save percentage before heading into the NCAA Tournament. In 18 starts, Jones amassed 60 saves while allowing only 10 goals in 1,768 minutes and registered a SAC-best 10 shutouts. The Bulldogs went 15-3-2 during the 2015 season, ranking as high as ninth nationally. Wingate earned its fifth consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament, while playing in the SAC Tournament championship match for the sixth-straight year
Wingate’s Macy Franklin and UNC Pembroke’s Jasmine Senécal-Guzman and Stacey Scott top the all-state honors in the backfield. Franklin earned her second all-state selection and after earning all-conference honors for the second straight year. The defensive captain anchored a Wingate defense that had been dominant all year. The Bulldogs allowed only six goals in 17 games - nine goals fewer than any other SAC team - and finished the season with 12 goals allowed. In addition to her defensive efforts, Franklin registered both a goa l and an assist on the year.
Senécal-Guzman, a defender by trade, tallied 10 points on four scores and two assists, including a 2-goal, 1-assist showing in a dominating home win over PBC rival Georgia Southwestern. She played every minute of 16 contests this season, and was an integral part of a defense that surrendered just 1.5 goals per game as well. This season, she was named to the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) All-Academic and All-Conference teams.
Scott logs her second postseason laurel after earning a spot on the PBC All-Tournament team. She ranked second on the team in points, but led the Braves in assists. The only freshman on the all-state first-team registered a pair of game-winning goals and played every minute of 16 contests. She played a central role in the defense that produced four shutouts.
The midfielders are led by Wingate’s Daitlyn Brunworth and Lenoir-Rhyne’s Emmi Dunn who both return t o the NCCSIA All-State honor board. Brunworth started all 20 matches for Wingate in 2015, leading the team with six goals, three assists and 15 points, while also earning first team all-conference honors for the second-consecutive year as well as a CoSIDA Academic All-American nod. She netted four game-winners on the year, including the decisive scores in both of Wingate's 1-0 SAC Tournament victories.
Dunn received all-SAC honors for the third-consecutive season after scoring 11 goals, including seven on penalty kicks, and a team-leading four match-winners. The all-region honoree finished second on the team in goals scored and logged 24 goals in her career, while also helping the Bears to three SAC Championships and three berths to the NCAA postseason.
Belmont Abbey’s Laura Shelton and Barton’s Emily Futral round out the midfield first team selections. Shelton picked up all-conference and all-state honors for the first time in her career after leading the league with 13 assists which ranked second nationally. She also recorded seven goals.
Futral, a three-time all-Conference Carolinas selection and three-time all-state honoree, led the Lady Bulldogs in goals (9), assists (4) and points (22). During the season, she ranked among the league leaders in all three categories. She finished her career with 28 goals – including eight game-winners – and 16 assists for a total of 72 points.
Anchoring the forwards are two-time all-state honorees - Belmont Abbey’s Meghan Philp and Lenoir-Rhyne’s Leah Mullins - while Pfeiffer’s Aaliyah Jackson joins the ranks for the first time. Philp, a four-time all-conference selection, led the Crusaders with 14 goals this season including seven game-winners. She tallied a trio of assists for a team-best 31 points.
Mullins led Lenoir-Rhyne in goals scored (16) and total points (32) this season to help her ga rner her fourth all-SAC laurel. She was a two-time all-state and all-region player and posted three hat tricks - all accounted for in the first half of the contests. She wrapped up her career with 39 goals and 10 assists for 88 points and was the 2012 SAC Freshman of the Year.
Jackson garnered her fourth all-Conference Carolinas honor as she collected 15 goals this year which led the Falcons and was tied for second in the league. She broke the Falcons’ all-time record for career goals (45) and points (99) in the midst of her senior campaign. She had multiple-goal efforts in four different games on the year and had two hat tricks.
The NCCSIA All-State second team is comprised of UNC Pembroke’s Janae Aiken and Amber Watkins, Belmont Abbey’s Rachel Coutinho and Jillian Lang, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Brianna Belsky and Garcelle Alequine, Queens’ Kathy Fisher and Charlotte Ring, Meredith’s Megan Luke, Mount Olive&rsq uo;s Christine Rocchio and Salem’s Jordan Lanier.
Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.
Founded in 2002, the NCCSIA is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.
North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2015 College Division All-State Women& rsquo;s Soccer Team
Pos. Name Class School Hometown
GK Alexis Jones ; So. Wingate Midway Park, N.C.
D Macy Franklin @ Jr. Wingate &nbs p; Conover, N.C.
D Jasmine Senécal-Guzman So. UNC Pembroke Montreal, Canada
D Stacey Scott Fr. UNC Pembroke &nbs p; Jacksonville, N.C.
M Kaitlyn Brunworth @ Jr. Wingate Littleton, Colo.
M Laura Shelton Sr. Belmont Abbey Advance, N.C.
M Emmi Dunn & Sr. Lenoir-Rhyne Reading, Pa.
M Emily Futral &@ Sr. Barton Richlands, N.C.
F Aaliyah Jackson Sr. Pfeiffer Statesville, N.C.
F &n bsp; Meghan Philp @ Sr. Belmont Abbey Houma, La.
F Leah Mullins % Sr. Lenoir-Rhyne Kissimmee, Fla.
Pos. Name Class School Hometown
GK Janae Aiken &n bsp; Sr. UNC Pembroke San Antonio, Texas
D Rachel Coutinho Fr. Belmont Abbey & nbsp; Cornelius, N.C.
D Brianna Belsky % @ Sr. Lenoir-Rhyne Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
D Megan Luke Sr. Meredith & nbsp; Huntersville, N.C.
M Jillian Lang @ Sr. Belmont Abbey Matthews, N.C.
M Kathy Fisher ; Jr. Queens (N.C.) Tucson, Ariz.
M Christine Rocchio Sr. Mount Olive Saddle Brook, N.J.
M Amber Watkins @ Jr. &n bsp; UNC Pembroke Kannapolis, N.C.
F Garcelle Alequine &@ Sr. Lenoir-Rhyne Wilmington, Del.
F Charlotte Ring Fr.&n bsp; Queens (N.C.) Schwerin, Germany
F Jordan Lanier So. Salem Asheboro, N.C.
@ - Named to 2014 All-State Team
& - Named to 2013 All-State Team
% - Named to 2012 All-State Team