CLAREMORE, Okla. – Senior midfielder Daisy Cardona and junior goalkeeper Taylor Sargent were named to the 2017 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) Women's Soccer All-South Central Region First Team as announced on Wednesday (Nov. 15).
Cardona, a senior from Ventura, Calif., led the Hillcat offense with 11 goals and a school-record six game-winning tallies this season. The six game-winning goals also ranked 13th in NCAA Division II this season. The senior started in all 20 games as an attacking midfielder and totaled a team-high 26 points on 11 goals and four assists. She registered the most shots (41) and shots on goal (22) for the Cats. The Ventura, Calif. native started her senior season hot with five goals in the first five matches, helping the Hillcats to a 6-0 start. Cardona posted a hat-track with three goals against Manhattan Christian in a victory. The senior was an All-Heartland Conference First Team pick, and this is her first-ever all-region selection in her first season on the Hill.
Sargent, a junior from The Colony, Texas, played every minute for the Hillcats in goal this season. With her in goal, the navy and red allowed the least amount of goals during a season in school history with only 12 goals conceded all season. Sargent posted a 13-4-3 record in goal with a 0.58 goals against average. She had an 87.1 percent save percentage, ranking 18th in the country, and posted 11 shutouts, a school record. The junior started in 20 matches, going 1,865 minutes in goal, the 14th-most minutes in NCAA Division II this season. This is Sargent's first all-region selection, and she was an All-Heartland Conference First Team selection.
The Hillcats made one of the largest turnarounds in Heartland Conference history this season as the navy and red finished 13-4-3 overall and advanced to the Heartland Conference title game for the first time in program history.