Soccer lands four on Southland Conference preseason award list

NATCHITOCHES — The Southland Conference released its women’s soccer preseason All-Conference teams Wednesday. Northwestern State was well represented on both first- and second-teams.

Junior defensemen Nicole and Natalee Henry both earned first-team honors. Sophomore defensemen Hallie Field and junior forward Jalen Donaldson each earned second-team recognition.

Nicole Henry is fresh off a 2019 season that saw her garner the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year award. She was a constant force defensively for the Lady Demons who only allowed 1.27 goals per contest, which was fourth best in the conference. Henry started all 22 games, recorded one goal and logged 1,916 minutes, ranking her second on the team.

Natalee Henry reeled in second-team All-Conference recognition a season ago. She started 20 of NSU’s 22 contests, netting a pair of goals.

Field — who started every game — topped the Lady Demons in minutes played with 1,945, while also adding one goal. Donaldson started 18 contests and was second on the squad with four goals to go alongside two assists.

Four players earning All-Conference designation is the second-most of any team in the league. Lamar was the only member to receive more than four, collecting five All-Conference honorees.

The Lady Demons begin the 2021 spring season with a non-conference affair at Louisiana Tech on Feb. 3. After a non-conference game at Louisiana-Monroe on Feb. 6, NSU opens conference play at Sam Houston on Feb. 12. Northwestern State welcomes Nicholls in its home opener on Feb. 26.

 First Team

Position Name School Class Hometown
D Nicole Henry Northwestern State Jr. Tomball, Texas
D Juana Plata Lamar Jr. Houston, Texas
D Natalee Henry Northwestern State Jr. Tomball, Texas
D Sophia Manibo Lamar Sr. Beaumont, Texas
MF Abby Deakin Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. Broomfield, Colo.
MF Natalie Jones Abilene Christian So. Lubbock, Texas
MF Kaisa Juvonen Lamar So. Tampere, Finland
MF Hannah Walsh Incarnate Word So. Preston, England
F Esther Okoronkwo Lamar R-Sr. Richmond, Texas
F Katelyn Termini Stephen F. Austin Sr. Frisco, Texas
F Christina Artega Abilene Christian Sr. Pflugerville, Texas
F Keeley Ayala Incarnate Word Jr. Wichita Falls, Texas
GK Kyleigh Hall Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. Mansfield, Texas

 Second Team

Position Name School Class Hometown
D Alana Mangan Texas A&M-Corpus Christi So. Bedford, Texas
D Keely Morrow McNeese Sr. Nevada, Texas
D Alyssia Anuat Abilene Christian Jr. San Diego, Calif.
D Hallie Field Northwestern State So. Frisco, Texas
MF Isabelle Beletic Incarnate Word Sr. Corpus Christi, Texas
MF Kalynn Bickford Sam Houston So. Mansfield, Texas
MF Emma Hawkins Central Arkansas So. Forney, Texas
MF Jade Piper Incarnate Word Sr. Corpus Christi, Texas
F Caylen Wright Abilene Christian So. Joshua, Texas
F Madison Ledet Lamar Sr. Nederland, Texas
F Havana Johnson McNeese Sr. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
F Jalen Donaldson Northwestern State Jr. Richmond, British Columbia
GK Madeline Talbot Stephen F. Austin R-Jr. Shreveport, La.