Aug 20, 2013 1:33 PM by UL Sports Information

UL Soccer's Howell-Harries Named Preseason All-SBC

LAFAYETTE, La. - Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns soccer junior defender, Grace Howell-Harries was named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt team, determined by a voting of the league's nine coaches. In the same poll, the Cajuns were tabbed seventh in the preseason conference poll, the announcement was made by the Sun Belt office on Tuesday morning.

Howell-Harries led all Cajuns in minutes played in 2012, logging 1,868 minutes on the pitch and taking ten shots as a defender. Her level of play is so valuable to head coach Scot Wieland, that he named her one of the team captains in just her junior season.

"Grace has proven to be a top defender in the league," Wieland said of his junior captain. "She was all-conference after her freshman year and this is well deserved. She is a very consistent player and she deserves to be on the team in the post season as well.

Howell-Harries was a second team All-Sun Belt selection as a freshman and is one of four defenders named to the 2013 preseason team.

"It's awesome to be selected to the All-Sun Belt team," Howell-Harries said. "There are a lot of good players, so to be selected is an honor. Hopefully this will create momentum that continues into the season."

WKU took the top spot in the poll after receiving eight first place votes.

The Cajuns open their regular season on Friday evening when they travel to Oxford, Miss. to take on Ole Miss at 7:00 p.m. They will then have a day off on Saturday before opening their home portion of the season at 1:00 p.m. when they take on Jacksonville State.

Preseason All-Sun Belt Team
Loren Mitchell (Arkansas State, So., Forward)
Cecilia Thorngren (Troy, Sr., Forward)
Laurent Moats (WKU, So., Forward)
Christina Fink (Arkansas State, Jr., Midfielder)
Karlea Fehr (ULM, So., Midfielder)
Clarissa Hernandez (South Alabama, Sr., Midfielder)
Chrissy Tchoula (WKU, Sr., Midfielder)
Grace Howell-Harries (Louisiana, Jr., Defender)
Jess Oram (South Alabama, Sr., Defender)
Torrie Lange (WKU, Sr., Defender)
Stephanie Lindsey (WKU, Sr., Defender)
Nikki Hall (WKU, So., Goalkeeper)

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Chrissy Tchoula (WKU, Sr., Midfielder)

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Torrie Lange (WKU, Sr., Defender)

Preseason Sun Belt Poll


1 WKU (8) 80
2 Arkansas State 55
t3 Georgia State 54
t3 Texas State 54
5 South Alabama (1) 47
6 Troy 46
8 UALR 23
9 ULM 17



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