Howard Women's Soccer at the 2014 SWAC Tournament
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Box Score 1 | Box Score 2 The Howard women's soccer team is in Huntsville, Alabama this week to compete in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Tournament. This link will serve as your complete guide to follow the regular season champion & No. 1 seeded Lady Bison as they search for their first tournament title in school history and first Howard tournament title since Softball's MEAC championship in 2007.

Quarterfinals: No. 1 HOWARD 6, No. 8 AAMU 0 | BOX SCORE
Semifinals: No. 1 HOWARD 3, No. 4 Jackson State 0 | BOX SCORE
Championship: No. 1 HOWARD 2, No.2 Prairie View A&M 1 | BOX SCORE

CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
TOURNAMENT INFO

NOVEMBER 9: HOWARD UNIVERSITY CLAIMS SWAC SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Courtesy of SWAC.org | HOWARD ATHLETICS RELEASE

Huntsville, Ala. - The Lady Bison of Howard University captures the 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference Soccer Tournament Championship with a 2-1 victory over Prairie View A&M University at the John Hunt Soccer Complex.

Reina Mata started the match off with the first shot that was saved by Howard's Goalkeeper of the Year Kyra Dickinson. Melissa Kalbfleisch came back at the 6:13 minute mark and launched the ball straight through Dickinson, putting the Lady Panthers up by one, recording her second goal of the year. Nia Walcott received the ball on the opposite end and attempted to give the Lady Bison their first goal of the match but was shot too wide.

Carmen Suarez took the first corner kick for Howard in the 16th minute, giving Nikanya Clark the chance to attack the ball but was unable to capitalize on the play. After taking the ball back and forth down the field for about 10 minutes, Howard got a good possession with the ball. Dytria Ruddy crossed a player, becoming wide open with the ball and connected with the net at the 24:41 minute mark, scoring her fourth goal of the season, tying the game 1-1.

Shots were limited until Prairie View's Deborah Arguelles blasted a shot during the last nine minutes of the first half from the left side that was successfully blocked by Dickinson.

Howard led the first half with a total of seven shots, Ruddy calculated three of those shots. The Lady Panthers tallied five shots in the first half, with Kalbfleisch with two.

Howard's Nikanya Clark sparked the second half with an early goal in the first six minutes, pushing the Lady Bison's lead, 2-1. Clark was assisted by Nia Walcott. The Lady Bison had many attempts afterward, but the Lady Panthers weren't allowed another shot until the 68th minute when #15 Dominique Paige aimed the ball right in the net but was recovered by Howard's goalie.

The Lady Bison had three back to back shot attempts in a two minute span in the last 11 minutes of the match. Prairie View's goalie Bianca Garza stepped up and made the saves.

Prairie View A&M was unable to capitalize on any more shots the remainder of the match. Howard (13-9-1) outshot the Lady Panthers 17-13. Garza finished the afternoon with five saves and Dickinson tallied nine for the Lady Bison.

Nikanya Clark finishes as the tournament's MVP with a total of three goals. She joins her teammates Sara Vaughan, Nia Walcott, Dytria Ruddy, Treschelle-Gibson Serrette and Kyra Dickinson on the all-tournament team.

With this being Howard's inaugural season in the SWAC, Prairie View A&M, the tournament's runner up receives the NCAA Automatic Qualifier and will advance to the NCAA Regionals.

2014 SOCCER TOURNAMENT MVP: Nikanya Clark, Howard University
2014 SWAC SOCCER COACH OF THE YEAR: Brent Leiba, Howard University

2014 SOCCER ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Nikanya Clark, Howard University
Sara Vaughan, Howard University
Nia Walcott, Howard University
Dytria Ruddy, Howard University
Treschelle Gibson-Serrette, Howard University
Kyra Dickinson, Howard University
Celene Batrez, Prairie View A&M
Alicia Cooper, Prairie View A&M
Melissa Kalbleisch, Prairie View A&M
Debbie Arguelles, Prairie View A&M
Aaliyah Lewis, Alabama State

NOVEMBER 9TH: SWAC PREVIEW: #1 HOWARD vs #2 PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
Courtesy of SWAC.org

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - #1 Howard University will face #2 Prairie View A&M University for the Southwestern Athletic Conference 2014 Women's Soccer Championship Sunday, Nov.9 at 12:00 p.m. at the John Hunt Soccer Complex.

Howard University finished the regular season 9-1 overall. The Lady Bison clinched the regular season title and secured their spot as the number one seed on Sunday, Oct. 26 as they beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6-0. Howard eliminated Alabama A&M in the quarterfinals, 6-0. Nia Walcott scored three of the six goals for the Lady Bison. Rasheeda Ansasri, Dytria Ruddy and Nikanya Clark pitched in one apiece. Howard started the semifinals off with a 3-0 victory over Jackson State. In the 21st minute of the second half, the Lady Bison was awarded a free kick that was capitalized by Sara Vaughan with a header in the box, securing Howard's win. Goalkeeper of the Year, Kyra Dickinson now has a record of 11-9-1 overall. Howard had three players to make All-SWAC first team, Nia Walcott, Nikanya Clark and Treschelle Gibson-Serrette.

Prairie View A&M University secured their spot as the number two seed after a big 3-2 win against Alabama A&M, a game that went into double overtime. The Lady Panthers finished 8-1-1 in conference play. PVAMU wrapped up the quarterfinals after upsetting Southern University, 2-0. All-SWAC first teamer, Celene Batrez recorded both goals. During the semifinals, the Lady Panthers had to face Alabama State University. It was a rematch of the semifinals from the 2013 Soccer Tournament. The Lady Hornets defeated Prairie View 2-1. This year, the Lady Panthers prevailed, topping Alabama State 2-0. Deborah Arguelles earned Defensive Player of the Year for Prairie View A&M. They racked in four players making All-SWAC first team, Alicia Cooper, Shelby Moore, Deborah Arguelles and Bianca Garza and one on the second team, Reina Mata.

NOVEMBER 7: WOMEN'S SOCCER ADVANCES TO SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP, SHUTS OUT JACKSON STATE

HUNTSVILLE, AL --- Howard University will be playing for a title once again.

The Lady Bison women's soccer team advanced to the Championship Game of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Tournament with a 3-0 victory over Jackson State University on Friday afternoon at the John Hunt Soccer Complex.

Howard's second consecutive shutout of the tournament and eighth of the season gives the school its first opportunity to win a conference title since women's soccer fell to Utah Valley in the finals of the 2012 Great West Conference Tournament.

A victory in Sunday's championship game - slated for a 1 p.m. start - will give Howard its first conference champion since the 2007 Lady Bison softball team earned the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference crown.

Junior forward Nikanya Clark scored a goal in each half and sophomore midfielder Sara Vaughan added another for Howard (12-9-1). Junior forward Rasheeda Ansari and sophomore forward Carmen Suarez assisted on two of Howard's three scores.

Senior goalkeeper Kyra Dickinson made 10 saves in the match, her second game of the season with 10 or more saves and her sixth shutout of the year.

Clark scored her first goal in the 18th minute after corralling a loose header, cutting across the top of the box and shooting a ball directly into the back of the net. She would wait nearly 40 minutes for her second one but it proved more excited than the first. In the 56th minute, a long pass provided a breakaway advantage for Clark and Ansari. As the Jackson State goalkeeper charged forward, Ansari was able to control the ball, pass it to Clark, and watch as the ball was poked past the goalie and rollfor serveral seconds and into the goal.

The final point came in the 69th minute after Suarez sent a free kick into the box where Vaughan put it away with a strong header.

Jackson State concludes its season with a 9-9-3 overall record.

HU will take on the winner of the Alabama State - Prairie View A&M semifinal in the Championship.

NOVEMBER 7: LADY BISON EARN SEVERAL COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS ALL-SWAC HONORS

HUNTSVILLE, AL --- College Sports Madness has released its 2014 All-Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Teams and Award Winners and the Howard women's soccer team was well represented throughout.

Eight members of the Lady Bison program combined for nine individual honors:

- Senior goalkeeper Kyra Dickinson was named Defensive Player of the Year;
- Dickinson, senior midfielder Nia Walcott, senior defender Treschelle Gibson-Serrette and junior forward Nikanya Clark were named to the All-SWAC First Team;
- Junior midfielder/forward Dytria Ruddy, sophomore midfielder Sara Vaughan and senior defender Jeseca Hinds were selected to the All-SWAC Second Team;
- Head Coach Brent Leiba was named SWAC Coach of the Year.

Howard's seven player selections were the most by any SWAC member school and Leiba's COY selection comes after leading the Lady Bison to a 9-1 SWAC record and regular season championship in the program's first season in the league. Howard also set a new school record for wins in a season with its 11th victory, a 6-0 shutout of Alabama A&M on Thursday.

NOVEMBER 6TH: WOMEN'S SOCCER ADVANCES TO SWAC SEMIFINALS WITH ROUT OF ALABAMA A&M

HUNTSVILLE, AL --- Howard women's soccer first-ever trip to the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Tournament was a resounding success.

Senior midfielder Nia Walcott recorded a hat trick to lead the Lady Bison to a 6-0 victory over the Alabama A&M Bulldogs Thursday morning in the opening match of the tournament, being held at the John Hunt Soccer Complex.

Besides putting Howard (11-9-1) into the semifinals of the tournament, the victory set a new program record for single-season wins, surpassing the 2001 team's 10-8 campaign. The six-goal outburst matched the team's largest margin of victory of the season (def. UAPB 6-0 to clinch the regular season title on 10/26) and gave Howard a sweep over AAMU this year (won 1-0 on 10/3 in the team's first SWAC home game). HU will take on Jackson State at 4:30 pm Central time on Friday, November 6th for the right to compete in the SWAC Championship Game.

Walcott's three goals were the most in a single contest since former Lady Bison Retha Koefoed netted four tallies in a 10-0 win over Lincoln University (PA) on October 23, 2012. Ironically, Walcott assisted on Koefoed's third goal of that game.

Howard's three other goals against Alabama A&M (3-13-4) were scored by junior forward Rasheeda Ansari (14'), junior midfielder Dytria Ruddy (16') and sophomore Carmen Suarez (58') while junior forward Nikanya Clark added a pair of assists in the game.

Ansari put the Lady Bison on the board after converting on a shot from the right side of the goal. Ruddy would follow suit nearly two minutes later by taking a pass from Clark and shooting a ground ball past AAMU goalkeeper Marissa Oehler that hit the bottom right corner of the post and just bounced in.

Walcott got involved with a similar set up, taking a right side dish from Clark and shooting a strong ball that initially hit Oehler's hands but bounced into the net.

The halftime deficit of 3-0 would stay that way until Ansari drew a penalty on AAMU that resulted in a penalty shot Suarez converted on.

Nearly 15 minutes later, a Bulldog foul gave Howard a free kick right outside the full box. Walcott took the kick and finished for a 5-0 lead with under 20 minutes left.

The final score was put up by Walcott, who was the beneficiary of another in-box penalty and calmly punched in the final point.


NOVEMBER 6TH: DICKINSON LEADS HOWARD ALL-SWAC QUARTET
HUNTSVILLE, AL --- The SWAC Conference Office announced their 2014 All-SWAC honors yesterday and senior goalkeeper Kyra Dickinson was one of four Lady Bison to be recognized by the league.

Dickinson was named the 2014 SWAC Goalkeeper of the Year and earned a spot on the All-SWAC Second Team while sophomore Nikanya Clark and seniors Nia Walcott & Treschelle Gibson-Serrette were named to the All-SWAC First Team.

Dickinson earned the conference's Goalkeeper of the Week award twice this season after recording four solo shutouts and splitting time in a fifth. She ranks second in the conference in goals against average (1.36), third in save percentage (.761), and tied for fourth with those four shutouts. Overall, Dickinson has made 83 saves in over 1,700 minutes.

Clark and Walcott tied for the team lead in goals (8), assists (3) and points (19) and tied for 4th in the SWAC in goals, tied for 8th in assists and tied for 4th in points. Clark was named College Sports Madness' SWAC Player of the Week once this season while Walcott earned CSM's award once and the SWAC's Offensive Athlete of the Week honor twice.

Gibson-Serrette was one of five players to start in all 20 of Howard' games - along with Clark and Walcott - and helped the Lady Bison record six shutouts and post the second best goals allowed average in the SWAC (26; 1.3/game). She was named Offensive and Defensive Athlete of the Week once this season and scored a pair of goals on the year.

NOVEMBER 6TH: SWAC PREVIEW: #1 HOWARD vs #8 ALABAMA A&M
Courtesy of SWAC.org
Match 1 - 10:30 a.m.
The Lady Bison and Lady Bulldogs will go head to head in the first game of the tournament on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Central Time. Howard played its first off-site home game against Alabama A&M, defeating them 1-0, October 3 at the Sicard Hollow Soccer Complex in Vestavia Hills, Ala. This was the first meeting between the two programs. Having to host a league opponent at a venue away from DC and traveling the same day proved to be of little consequence to Howard, who outshot AAMU 11-7 in the game. Howard controlled the flow of play in the first half, putting the Lady Bulldogs on their heels and forcing them to defend rather than attack. The game's lone goal came in the 17th minute when Nikanya Clark took a pass on the left side and passed it across to a running Nia Walcott for the score. However, the young Lady Bulldogs increased the pressure after the goal and began to seize more control of the ball and the game. Senior goalkeeper Natasha Moore earned the first victory of her career in the contest, starting in place of senior Kyra Dickinson, who missed the game for personal reasons. Moore made four saves and recorded the team's second shutout of the year. Marissa Oehler recorded three saves for the Lady Bulldogs.

 
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