Women’s soccer #17 in final NSCAA Poll

Women’s soccer #17 in final NSCAA Poll

NSCAA Release 

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's soccer team caps off their historic season as the No. 17 team in the nation following an appearance in the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Tournament where the Lions reached the second round of the tournament.

The Lions reached the NCAA tournament for the seventh time under head coach Ged O'Connor, who is in his 11th season at the helm of the Green and Gold. O'Connor led the Lions to a sweep of the Sunshine State Conference titles, after winning the regular season with a 7-1-1 record within the conference and winning the tournament with a 2-1 comeback win over Nova Southeastern.

"It's nice to have consistency within the program," Coach O'Connor stated. "The girls we bring in buy into what we have going on here. Their hard work and dedication to the program pays off in the end when you can win both conference titles like we did this year in the best league in the country."

Following the SSC tournament, Coach O'Connor was named the 2016 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in six years. Under O'Connor's direction, the Lions have finished in the top-5 of the SSC eight times including two regular-season championships and two tournament championships.

The Lions had Arielle Kabangu named SSC Player of the Year as well as Offensive Player of the Year after her consistent play on the pitch. Selena Jaimes was named the 2016 SSC Defensive Player of the Year after her play on the backline for the Green and Gold.

Six players were named to the 2016 SSC All-Tournament team in Arielle Kabangu, Selena Jaimes, Katie Waddell, Genevieve Gignac, Natalie Melillo and Megan Charlton.

Following the season, Arielle Kabangu was honored by the Division II Commissioner's Conference Association with All-America Honorable Mention while Kabangu was joined by Selena Jaimes on the NSCAA All-America Third Team. Jaimes and Kabangu were joined by Natalie Melillo on the NSCAA First Team All-South Region and Katie Waddell was named to the NSCAA Second Team All-South Region.

In the final NSCAA poll, Saint Leo was joined by Barry University as the two Sunshine State Conference representatives. The Buccaneers fell in the poll just ahead of the Lions at No. 16.

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