Lexington, Ky. – Freshmen Ashley Chindo, Morgan Fowler, and Annie Stauffer were each selected to the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-HCAC First Team to headline a list of six conference award winners from the Transylvania women's soccer team, the conference announced Tuesday.
Along with the three dynamic freshmen who were each recognized for their efforts in a resurgent 2018 season for the Transylvania women's soccer squad, freshman Brooke Puterbaugh (Lawrenceburg, Ind. / East Central HS) was selected to the All-HCAC Second Team. senior Noel Obata (Lebanon, Ky. / Marion County HS) was chosen as an All-HCAC Honorable Mention, and senior Gabrielle Prevost (Knoxville, Tenn. / Knoxville Catholic HS) was named to the HCAC's Christopher M. Ragsdale All-Sportsmanship Team.
The postseason recognition finished off a tremendous season for the Pioneers, who produced a 13-5-2 overall record and a 6-1-2 record in HCAC play. Transylvania's conference record was good for third place in the conference standings, returning the Pioneers to the HCAC conference postseason for the first time in three seasons. Transylvania was one of three teams in the 10-team conference to field three or more All-HCAC First Team selections.
Chindo, a freshman striker from Lexington, Kentucky (Henry Clay HS) started in 19 of 20 matches for the Pioneers this season and finished second on the team in goals and points with seven and 19 respectively. The freshman led the Pioneers in assists with five helpers on the season, a figure which ranked top-10 in the HCAC. Chindo's penchant for clutch moments was evident as she recorded three game-winning goals in her first run with the Pioneers.
Fowler, a freshman back from Louisville, Kentucky (Assumption HS) keyed a lockdown Transylvania defense in 2018 which recorded 13 shutouts this season, including a string of eight straight from September 15 against Covenant through October 6 versus Manchester. With Fowler guiding the defense, the Pioneers ranked third in conference in goals allowed per match.
Stauffer, a freshman midfielder from Owensboro, Kentucky (Daviess County HS), was fourth on the Pioneers in goals with five, and also ranked fourth on the team in points with 13. The freshman had two game-winning goals in her first campaign with the Pioneers. The freshman started in all 20 of Transylvania's matches this season.
Guided by longtime women's soccer coaching legend Patrick Farmer in his first season at Transy, the Pioneers reeled off their highest win total in five seasons in his first year at the helm of Transylvania women's soccer. The Pioneers are projected to return 23 of 29 players to their 2019 squad, including four All-HCAC postseason awardees.
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