Sideline: Soccer Senior Night and UCA softball honors

UCA soccer to hold Senior Night

 

The University of Central Arkansas Bears will close out the home portion of the 2017 regular season soccer schedule with Senior Night ceremonies Friday night against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, the first of two weekend matches.

Prior to the 7 p.m. match Friday, against the Islanders by honoring 10 seniors: Sarah Mayorga, Anna Hughes, Jessica Pantuso, Avery Taylor, Dayna Mounie, Karly Kiever, Alex Moore, Stacia Carroll, Makayla Wilson and Ashley Smith.

“This group has to be considered one of the best classes over a four-year period in the history of the program,” said coach Jeremy Bishop. “We have players that have played in each position on the field, giving us solid play in the attack and on the defensive side of the ball. They have scored a bunch of goals, and been a big part of so many shutouts. Each of them has been a big part of the growth of the program and will be missed in the future.”

During their four years in Conway, the Bears’ graduating class has experienced success at a level never before seen in a four-year period, winning 34 matches overall and 19 Southland Conference matches, while helping lead the Bears to three-straight Southland Conference Tournaments and an SLC regular-season championship in 2016. The Bears are currently in position to make their fourth-straight SLC Tournament appearance, which would be a program-best.

UCA softball players earned Scholar-Athlete honors

Six Central Arkansas players were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete team, which recognizes players with a 3.5 or better GPA for the academic year.

A record 7,351 players across seven divisions were honored, with 1,843 competing at the Division I level. Morgan Felts, Ryan Holdiness, Randi Wallace, Cheyenne Kuhn, Kate Myers, and Mary Mills Lochala were among 57 Southland Conference athletes to earn the award, with Myers holding a perfect 4.0 GPA for the 2016-17 academic year.

 

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