San Antonio - The Trinity women's soccer team has been ranked 18th by the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Preseason Poll.
Guided by fourth-year Head Coach Dylan Harrison, the Tigers open the 2019 season at home with two games over Labor Day Weekend. First up is East Texas Baptist University on August 30, followed by a matchup with Sul Ross State (TX) University September 1.
Last season, the Tigers won their 10th consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championship with a 1-0 victory over Southwestern (TX) University.
Junior defender Lindsey Peng was selected as the SCAC Tournament Defensive Most Valuable Player. Peng and her Tiger teammates held opponents to just six shots in the two games of the SCAC Tournament. She also sent a corner kick to graduate Cheslea Cole who scored the only goal against Southwestern in the SCAC final. Peng scored two goals during the season and tied for the team lead with nine assists.
It also marked the Tigers' 10th undefeated SCAC season in a row, as the Tigers registered a 13-0-0 record in conference play. Coach Harrison was elected the SCAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year for the second straight occasion.
Trinity opened its 10th consecutive NCAA Division III Championship with a decision over Occidental (CA) College in the first round at Abilene, Texas. Host Hardin-Simmons (TX) University eliminated the Tigers in the second round. Trinity completed the season with a 17-2-1 record and a #18 national ranking.
Senior Kristen Canepa is back to pace the Tigers in the 2019 season. The talented defender was elected to the United Soccer Coaches All-America First Team, the D3soccer.com All-America First Team and the United Soccer Coaches All-West Region First Team.
A leader of Trinity's taut defense, Canepa was honored as the SCAC Defensive Player of the Year. Canepa and her teammates posted 17 clean-sheet games and allowed only six goals during the season. Offensively, Canepa scored three goals and produced a game-winner in the process.
Sophomore midfielder/forward Alex Walsh was elected the SCAC Newcomer of the Year in her first season as a Trinity Tiger. Walsh scored two goals and dished out four assists during the campaign.