head coach Lance Key will have the services of nine returning starters
for the 2009 campaign.
Trinity, which recorded a 12-5-1 record last year, opens the season
Sept. 1 at home against Texas Lutheran University. The Tigers continue
their home schedule Sept. 5 by hosting longtime rival Hardin-Simmons
returning starters give us a great base to build on,” said coach Key, in
his sixth year at the Tigers’ helm. “They’ve played a significant role
for us. What you will see is a team with a strong desire and the ability
Tigers, who have added assistant coach Laura Koontz to the staff, will
have something extra to shoot for, at the end of the season. The NCAA
Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Final Four will be held Dec. 4-5
at San Antonio’s Blossom Soccer Stadium. Trinity is the host
institution, and the San Antonio Sports Association is the organizing
2008 Tigers missed the playoffs, breaking a four-year streak.
Trinity tied for third place in the Southern Collegiate Athletic
Conference (SCAC) standings with a 6-3-0 mark. During the course of the
season, the Tigers were ranked as high as No. 21 in the NCAA Division
III, by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.
Trinity started the season with a 4-2 home victory over 20th-ranked
Tigers led the SCAC in a number of offensive categories. Trinity scored
53 goals and averaged 2.94 per game. The Tiger team racked up 41
assists, an average of 2.28. A total of 147 points were amassed during
the season, averaging out to 8.17 per contest.
seniors completed their collegiate careers in 2008 - forward/midfielder
Chelsea Wilson, midfielder Grace Rizza, and defenders Robyn Brooks and
Rachel Johansen. Former All-SCAC performer Michelle Grambeau, a junior
midfielder last year, sustained a career-ending injury.
NSCAA honored two returning players with All-South Region honors.
Junior defender/midfielder Danika Wright of Alpine, Utah (Lone Peak),
made the All-South Region Second Team. Wright started all 18 games and
scored seven goals (one game-winner) and had two assists for 16 points.
She also was elected to the All-SCAC First Team and was selected for the
SCAC Sportsmanship Team.
Senior defender Brianna Young of Rockville Centre, N.Y. (South Side),
was named to the All-South Region Third Team and All-SCAC First Team.
Young led the Tigers in points with 18 (seven goals, two game-winners,
and four assists).
addition to Wright and Young, three other Tigers earned All-SCAC honors.
Sophomore forward Abigail Loar of Littleton, Colo. (Heritage), was
elected the SCAC Women’s Soccer Newcomer of the Year, as a first-year
standout. She became the fourth Tiger player to receive the recognition.
Loar was named to the All-SCAC First Team. She was second in points with
17 (six goals, two game-winners and five assists).
Junior forward Jordan Azar of Albuquerque (St. Pius X), an All-SCAC
First Team honoree, scored four goals (one game-winner) and had three
assists for 11 points.
Sophomore defender Allyson Thrall of Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral), made
the All-SCAC Second Team. Thrall scored a game-winning goal and had one
assist, for three points.
Senior midfielder Alex Leamy of Loveland, Ohio (Cincinnati Hills
Christian Academy), received special recognition from the College Sports
Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Leamy, an engineering science
major with a 3.98 grade point average, was elected to CoSIDA’s
ESPN/The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team. On the field,
Leamy scored four goals – two game-winners - and dished out five assists
for 13 points.
Gabay, a senior forward from Albuquerque (El Dorado), contributed one
goal and one assist. Sophomore midfielder Allyson Hunter of Southlake,
Texas (Carroll), had a goal and two assists. Lauren Folkman, a junior
midfielder from Albuquerque (La Cueva), scored one goal.
players have the ability to understand the game and execute,” coach Key
added. “A lot of success comes down to mentality. My priority is to
reward players who display that mentality day in and day out.”
Joining the Tigers are six first-year players, with five hailing from
Defender Brianna Tammaro of San Antonio (Clark) was named to the San
Antonio Express-News Super Team and the Texas Association of Soccer
Coaches Region IV-5A team.
Forward/Defender Katy Lipscomb of Edinburg (Edinburg North) made the
All-Valley Girls Soccer Team.
Two newcomers are from Austin, midfielder Samantha Atkins
(McNeil) and midfielder/defender Lindsay Euer (Bowie).
Both were members of the '91 Lone Star Red team which
reached the regional semifinals, and also won the Premier League.
Goalkeeper Katie Garrett, of
Cleburne, was a standout at Joshua High School.
Garrett was the area
shutout leader and District 9-4A Goalkeeper of the Year.
She set school records in shutouts and goals- against.
Forward Lauren Henderson is from
Fullerton, Calif. (Troy).
co-captain of the Troy High School team which captured the California
Interscholastic Federation Division III Southern Section title.
going to enjoy working with players who are self-disciplined,” coach
Koontz said. “If they have high expectations in the classroom, it will
carry over to the field.”
Trinity returns nine
starters from last year's team and Coach Lance Key will be in his sixth
player Michelle Grambeau
is one of the team's key losses from last year
anchored the Tiger defense last season, earning All-SCAC and All-Region
recognition in 2008
Brianna Young led
the team in goals and points in 2008, securing All-SCAC and All-Region
Abigail Loar was
named the SCAC Newcomer of the Year in 2008, tying for third on the team
with six goals as a first-year
Jordan Azar has tallied eight goals and 10 assists in her first two
seasons with the Tigers
Allison Thrall was
one of just five players to start every game last season, and was voted
Second Team All-SCAC