FRISCO – In its first season in NCAA Division I and the Southland Conference, five members of the Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team received all-conference recognition on Wednesday morning, highlighted by Mya Mitchell being named the conference’s Freshman of the Year.
Joining Mitchell (Dallas – Mesquite Horn) on the conference honor roll are Ashley Campuzano (Dallas – Atlas Prep) earning first team all-conference status, while Nya Mitchell (Dallas – Mesquite Horn), Mindy Shoffit (Wichita Falls – Rider), Mya Mitchell, and Karalie Morrison (Colleyville Heritage) earning second team all-Southland Conference honors.
A&M-Commerce went 7-8-2 this season overall and 7-4-1 in conference play, which was third best in the Southland Conference under first year coach Ashley Gordon. The Lions begin the postseason on Wednesday afternoon in Natchitoches, Louisiana, at the Southland Conference Tournament against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 4 p.m.
Mya Mitchell led the Southland Conference with eight goals and four assists during conference play. She had a scoring streak of six matches to start conference play, which was the second longest streak in NCAA Division I at the time. She also earned the SLC Player of the Week award once and is named to second team all-conference.
Mitchell’s freshman of the year award marks the second straight season that the Lions received that award, after Morrison was named the 2021 Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year.
Campuzano averaged 86.5 minutes per played, playing mostly as an attacking midfielder. She recorded 2.7 shots per match in conference play, which was seventh in the SLC and totaled four assists during conference season, which ranks sixth. During SLC matches, she posted 11 points which is tied for ninth in the conference, being part of the offensive unit that is second during SLC play in scoring average.
Nya Mitchell played all 17 matches, logging 73.4 minutes per match in her freshman season. She was part of the back-four unit that allowed second-fewest goals during SLC matches. She played 90 minutes in all four shutouts this season.
Being named Southland Conference Defender of the Week twice during the regular season, Shoffit played every match, logging 73 minutes per match and scored two game-winners, which is second among all players during SLC games.
Morrison totaled 11 points in conference play, which was 10th among all players, scoring the game-winner at McNeese, and had three goals this season. She had five assists in conference play, which is second overall. Morrison has been named to all-conference teams for the second straight year.
Player of the Year: Gracie Armstrong, Northwestern State
Freshman of the Year: Mya Mitchell, A&M-Commerce
Newcomer of the Year: Gracie Armstrong, Northwestern State
Defender of the Year: Arely Alaniz, Lamar
Midfielder of the Year: Mya Guillory, Southeastern
Forward of the Year: Olivia Draguicevich, Northwestern State
Goalkeeper of the Year: Nicole Panis, Lamar
Coach of the Year: Nathan Kogut, Lamar
2022 Southland Conference Soccer All-Conference Teams
|D||Arely Alaniz||Lamar||Jr.||Deer Park, Texas|
|D||Nicole Henry 4||Northwestern State||Gr.||Tomball, Texas|
|D||Natalee Henry 3||Northwestern State||Gr.||Tomball, Texas|
|D||Kaisa Juvonen 3||Lamar||Sr.||Tampere, Finland|
|MF||Mya Guillory 3||Southeastern||Sr.||Prairieville, La.|
|MF||Ashley Campuzano||A&M-Commerce||Fr.||Dallas, Texas|
|MF||Isela Ramirez||Lamar||So.||Pflugerville, Texas|
|MF||Delaney Wells 2||Northwestern State||Jr.||Flower Mound, Texas|
|F||Olivia Draguicevich 3||Northwestern State||Sr.||Pflugerville, Texas|
|F||Christine Kitaru||Lamar||Gr.||Nairobi, Kenya|
|F||Gracie Armstrong||Northwestern State||Gr.||Broomfield, Colo.|
|F||Cariel Ellis||Lamar||Sr.||Madison, Miss.|
|GK||Nicole Panis 2||Lamar||Sr.||Opmeer, The Netherlands|
|D||Hallie Field 4||Northwestern State||Sr.||Frisco, Texas|
|D||Mia Salas 2||HCU||Jr.||San Antonio, Texas|
|D||Kat Lazor||HCU||Jr.||Missouri City, Texas|
|D||Nya Mitchell||A&M-Commerce||Fr.||Dallas, Texas|
|D||Mindy Shoffit||A&M-Commerce||Jr.||Wichita Falls, Texas|
|MF||Rachel Loetzer||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||So.||Frisco, Texas|
|MF||Molly Arens||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||Jr.||Belmont, NSW, Australia|
|MF||Kiana Kukaua 2||McNeese||Jr.||Valencia, Calif.|
|MF||Trinity Clark||Lamar||Jr.||Austin, Texas|
|F||Mya Mitchell||A&M-Commerce||Fr.||Dallas, Texas|
|F||Megan Guy||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||So.||Roanoke, Texas|
|F||Keeley Ayala 3||UIW||Gr.||Wichita Falls, Texas|
|F||Karalie Morrison||A&M-Commerce||So.||North Richland Hills, Texas|
|GK||Chloe DeShazer||Northwestern State||R-Sr.||Kansas City, Mo.|
2 – Two-time All-Southland selection
3 – Three-time All-Southland selection
4 – Four-time All-Southland selection