5 Lady Lions selected to Academic All-Southland

Published 1:23 pm Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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Southeastern Louisiana University’s Mya Guillory, Megan Gordon, Darby Gillette, Nadine Maher and Ellie Williams were all selected to the 2021 Academic All-Southland Conference Women’s Soccer team, the league office announced Tuesday.

Guillory, Gordon and William were named to the first team while Maher and Gillette earned second team recognition.

Gordon, the Southland Midfielder of the Year, is making her third appearance on the yearly conference academic honors. The Clophill, England native started all 17 matches for the Lady Lions. Now the all-time program leader in games played (88), Gordon was also named to the first team All-Southland team last month for the second straight season. The senior finished her Southeastern career with a 3.92 GPA and will be obtaining a master’s degree in Kinesiology in May.

Guillory, a forward out of Prairieville, Louisiana, is making her second straight appearance on the Academic All-Southland team. The junior led the Lady Lions in goals (5), assists (5), shots (36), shots on goal (23) and points (15). Also a first team All-Southland recipient, Guillory currently holds 3.47 GPA in Health Sciences.

Williams, out of Frisco, Texas, made her first appearance as a first team recipient Tuesday. The Lady Lions’ forward had three goals, two assists, 19 shots and nine on goal during the regular season. The junior turned in a 3.94 GPA Finance to solidify her spot on Tuesday’s team.

Gillette is making her debut on the Academic All-Southland team as she earned a 3.79 GPA in Kinesiology. The senior started 17 matches this season scoring two goals and also had two assists. Out of Meridian, Mississippi, Gillette received second team All-Southland defender honors this year.

Maher, the Lady Lions’ goalkeeper is also making her debut on the league’s academic honor after earning 3.53 GPA in Kinesiology The senior finished the regular season second in the conference in goals against average (.739) during league play allowing just 10 goals in 12 Southland matches. The Dublin, Ireland native was also a selection on the second team All-Southland team last month. Maher is slated to start Nursing School in the fall of 2022.

“I’m Really proud of our athletes,” said SLU soccer head coach Chris McBride. “They do a great job of taking their academics seriously and as student-athletes they thrive in the classroom and on the soccer field.”

With the Lady Lions receiving five selections to the 2021 Academic All-Southland team, SLU set an all-time program record for the most in the 26-year history of the program.

2021 Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year: Acelya Aydogmus, Northwestern State

2021 Southland Soccer All-Academic First Team

Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown GPA Major
F Olivia Draguicevich*2 Northwestern State Jr. Pflugerville, Texas 3.37 Communications
F Mya Guillory*2 Southeastern Jr. Prairieville, La. 3.47 Health Sciences
F Ellie Williams Southeastern Jr. Frisco, Texas 3.94 Finance
F Rachel Young* McNeese Jr. Surprise, Ariz. 3.21 Nursing
MF Isabella Beletic*2 UIW Gr. Corpus Christi, Texas 3.71 Communications
MF Megan Gordon*3 Southeastern Sr. Clophill, England 3.92 Kinesiology
MF Kyle Nolen* Northwestern State So. Richardson, Texas 3.97 Exercise Science
MF Anna Watson*2 McNeese Sr. Spring, Texas 3.06 Biology
D Eve Clarkson*2 UIW Jr. Whalley, England 3.90 Kinesiology
D Hallie Field*2 Northwestern State Jr. Frisco, Texas 4.00 Accounting/Business Admin.
D Nicole Henry*3 Northwestern State Sr. Tomball, Texas 3.36 Industrial Engineering Tech.
D Keely Morrow* McNeese Gr. Nevada, Texas 3.45 Health System Mgmt.
GK Acelya Aydogmus*^2 Northwestern State Sr. Cape Coral, Fla. 3.82 Health & Science Exercise


2021 Southland Soccer All-Academic Second Team

Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown GPA Major
F Noor Abukishk HBU Sr. Cairo, Egypt 3.67 Marketing
F Havana Johnson4 McNeese Gr. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 3.56 Nursing
F Reaghan Lang A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. Fort Collins, Colo. 4.00 Kinesiology
F Samantha Palomino A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. Helotes, Texas 3.88 Kinesiology
MF Keeley Ayala2 UIW Sr. Wichita Falls, Texas 3.20 Communications
MF Ryan Ford HBU Jr. Frisco, Texas 3.91 Marketing
MF Emma Gibbs A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. Longmont, Colo. 4.00 Nursing
MF Talin Rizo HBU Sr. San Antonio, Texas 3.80 Kinesiology
D Payton Adams UIW Jr. Frisco, Texas 3.96 Rehabilitative Services
D Darby Gillette Southeastern Sr. Meridian, Miss. 3.79 Kinesiology
D Madison McComasky UIW Sr. Sydney, Australia 3.85 Biology
D Mia Salas HBU So. San Antonio, Texas 3.74 Kinesiology
GK Nadine Maher Southeastern Sr. Dublin, Ireland 3.53 Kinesiology

Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year

* Automatic selection; First Team All-Conference

2 Two-time All-Academic selection

3 Three-time All-Academic selection

4  Four-time All-Academic selection



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