Lions See Three Women’s Soccer Players Named to NSCAA All-Region Team

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Saint Leo women's soccer standouts Arielle Kabangu, Saffron Jordan and Genevieve Gignac have earned a spot on the 2013 Continental Tire/National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II All-Region Team as it was announced by the organization on Wednesday morning.  Kabangu and Jordan earned First Team honors while Gignac was named to the Second Team.

A freshman from Ottawa, Canada, Kabangu led the SSC in scoring with 22 goals and 49 points. Her 22 goals were the most among Division II, while her 49 points ranked her second in the nation. Kabangu averaged a conference-best 3.06 points per game and 1.38 goals per game during the regular season. She was also third in the SSC with five game-winning goals.

Joining her freshman counterpart, Jordan added another scoring threat for the Lions.  In just 12 games, the freshman from Salford, England scored four goals and matched that with six assists.  Registering 14 points, she's ranks seventh in the Sunshine State Conference in total assists and is also 90th nationally and finished the season with two game-winning goals.

Adding a Saint Leo name to the Second Team, Gignac makes the trio of freshman that represents the Lions on the All-Region Team.  Scoring six goals and matching that with six assists, the newcomer from Ottawa, Canada was sixth in the conference in assists and 78th nationally as she helped lead a scoring effort that was third in the nation.

Earning First Team honors, Kabangu and Jordan are now eligible for All-America honors. The NSCAA/Continental Tire All-America Teams are scheduled to be released on Friday, Dec. 6.

Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Kan., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community.

The NSCAA is the world's largest soccer coaches' organization with members at every level of the game. The membership is primarily made up of coaches, but also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members ways to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.

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2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Women's All-South Region

FIRST TEAM

GK - Sarah Story, West Florida

D - Daniela Cruz, West Florida

D - Shannon Walisch, Tampa

D - Emily Jones, Tampa

D - Chloe Rader, Lee

M - Shelby Bush, West Florida

M - Laura Thacker, Lee

M - Mora Johnson, Rollins

M - Saffron Jordan, Saint Leo

F - Chelsea Palmer, West Florida

F - Arielle Kabangu, Saint Leo

F - Sashana Campbell, West Florida

F - Summer Lanter, Lee

SECOND TEAM

GK - Iris Gunnarsdottir, Alabama-Huntsville

D - Azure Dorsey, Rollins

D - Candice Shields, Tampa

D - Andrea Jefferson, Palm Beach Atlantic

D - Marie Blunt, Alabama-Huntsville

M - Paxton Sickler, Rollins

M - Genevieve Gignac, Saint Leo

M - Kacey Wyer, Palm Beach Atlantic

M - Lydia Sutcliffe, West Alabama

F - Brenna McKee, Rollins

F - Leah Fortune, Lee

F - Nicki Gears, West Alabama

F - Cici Gonzalez, Tampa

F - Gabby Russo, Tampa