The Southwestern Athletic Conference announces its preseason honors for women’s soccer with Alabama A&M’s Belinda Kanda taking top honors as the Preseason Player of the Year for a second consecutive season. The honors were selected by votes from the member schools’ coaches and sports information contacts.

Kanda, a 5-foot-6 senior forward from Accra, Ghana, led the conference in shots per game (4.62), goals per game (2.00). She led conference and nation in points per game (3.06). She finished the 2006 season with 20 goals on 74 shots, nine assists, 49 total points and three game-winners. She also led the nation is goals per game (1.25). Her efforts garnered her first-team all-conference honors in 2006.


In the predicted order of finish, Grambling State and Alabama A&M were chosen to win their divisions. Grambling State, the 2006 conference champion, received 13 first place votes. Alabama A&M, the 2006 runner-up, received nine first place votes.

2007 SWAC Women’s Soccer Preseason All-Conference Honors

Cherie Silas

Grambling State

GK

5’8

So.

Fontana, California

Madelyn Pittman

Alabama A&M

D

5’6

So.

Oregonian, Ohio

Kate Johnston

Mississippi Valley State

D

5’5

So.

Ontario, Canada

Jamicka Pugh

Southern University

D

5’4

Jr.

Vacaville, California

Rachel Sepeng

Alabama A&M

M

5’4

Sr.

Pretoria, South Africa

Natasha Nzeakor

Grambling State

M

5’8

Sr.

Ontario, Canada

Germaine Tuckett

Jackson State

M

5’1

Sr.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Almarie Soto-Ortiz

Southern University

M

5’3

Jr.

Hopemills, NC

Alberta Annan

Alabama A&M

F

5’5

Sr.

Accra, Ghana

Belinda Kanda

Alabama A&M

F

5’6

Sr.

Accra, Ghana

Dana Eddy

Mississippi Valley State

F

5’3

Sr.

British Columbia, Canada

Predicted Order of Finish

(first place votes in parenthesis)

Eastern Division Western Division

Alabama A&M (9)

 

74 pts

 

Grambling State (13)

 

83 pts

Miss. Valley State (4)

 

69 pts

 

Southern University (1)

 

58 pts

Jackson State (1)

 

53 pts

 

Prairie View A&M (1)

 

57 pts

Alabama State (1)

 

39 pts

 

Texas Southern

 

36 pts

Alcorn State

 

20 pts

 

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

 

21 pts

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