CLAREMORE, Okla. – Rogers State women's soccer totaled five Hillcats on the 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II All-South Central Region Team as announced by the United Soccer Coaches on Monday (Nov. 27).
Daisy Cardona, Hannah Mushisky, Bria Salazar and Taylor Sargent earned all-region second team, and Melissa Cardenas was selected all-region third team.
Cardona, who also garnered All-South Central Region honors by the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA), paced the potent Hillcat offense with 11 goals, including a school record six game-winning goals this season. Starting in all 20 games as an attacking midfielder, Cardona posted a team-high 26 points on the 11 goals and four assists. Always a threat on offense, the senior from Ventura, Calif. totaled a team-high 41 shots and 22 shots on goal. In her only season on the Hill, she started her career in the navy and red fast with five goals in the first five matches as the Cats started the season 6-0. Along with being a two-time all-region pick this season, Cardona was All-Heartland First Team.
Sargent joins Cardona as a two-time all-region selection this season after being named All-South Central Region by D2CCA earlier this season. A second team pick by USC, Sargent appeared in every minute in goal for the Hillcats this season. The junior from The Colony, Texas spearheaded a defense that conceded the fewest goals allowed in school history with only 12 all season. She went 13-4-3 in goal with a 0.58 goals against average in 20 games. Sargent was one of the top goalkeepers in the nation with an 87.1 percent save percentage that ranked in the top 20 in the country. She totaled a school record 11 shutouts in the 20 contests this season. Along with being all-region, Sargent was an All-Heartland Conference First Team pick.
Salazar, who was named the Heartland Conference Freshman of the Year, played a huge role in the midfield for the RSU team. A second team all-region selection, the freshman from Glendora, Calif. appeared in 17 games with 12 starts, missing some time due to injury. With her in the lineup, RSU went 12-1-3 this season with the only loss in the Heartland Conference championship game. A clog in the midfield, Salazar was part of a defense that allowed only 12 goals all season and totaled 11 shutouts.
Mushisky added another strong scoring threat up top as she registered 10 goals to rank second on the team behind only Cardona. The freshman from Arcadia, Calif. came on strong in the Heartland Conference Tournament with two tallies in a 2-2 draw against St. Edward's in the semifinals. The Cats advanced to the conference championship via penalties for the first time in program history. Mushisky appeared in all 20 games and totaled 22 points with 34 shots and 20 shots on goal, ranking second on the team. She scored two game-winning goals on the season. She was also an All-Heartland Second Team selection this season.
Cardenas anchored the back line for a Hillcat defense that had the best season in program history. Cardenas, who played more minutes than any other field player on the team with 1,715 minutes, captained the Hillcats and was part of a defense that allowed only 12 goals all season, the fewest goals in a season in program history. The junior from Oxnard, Calif. led the navy and red with six assists on the season. She totaled two goals in a 4-1 win over St. Mary's on Sept. 14. She added one goal on the year in a 2-0 win at East Central. For the season, the RSU defense registered 11 shutouts, a new RSU school record.
The Hillcat women's soccer team finished with a 13-4-3 record and advanced to the Heartland Conference Championship for the first time in program history. RSU had one of the biggest turnarounds in league history with a 9-3-2 conference record.
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