MACU Evangel Players Earn Recognition
Evangel Men’s Soccer Recognition
For the third straight season, Mid-America Christian University senior Andrew Webster has earned a first-team selection on the NSCAA/Continental Tires NCCAA Men's Soccer All-America team, the organization announced Dec. 19th.
Webster, a native of Liverpool, England, has been a steady defensive anchor for the Evangels the past four seasons. His defensive presence played a big role in the Evangels notching four shutouts this season. He was also a big contributor on the offensive end by ranking third on the team with four goals along with one assist this year.
He helped the Evangels record their best season since joining the NAIA, including earning a spot in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament for the first time in the program's history.
Lady Evangel Soccer Recognition
Seniors Kassie Byrd and Julia Nimal have earned first-team National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Central Region selections, the organization announced December 19th. Juniors Michelle Medina and Chelsea Swisher were second-team honorees, while seniors Melissa Dobie, Karen Moreno and freshman Rachel Lynn earned honorable-mention recognition.
Byrd and Nimal have re-written the MACU Women's Soccer record book since joining the NAIA. The duo is the top two scorers in school history with Nimal recording 132 points and followed closely by Byrd's 130 points. Byrd is the career goal leader with 58 scores and Nimal's 50 goals rank second. Nimal is also the Lady Evangels' all-time assist leader with 30 career helpers. This season it was more of the same, with Byrd scoring a team-high 12 goals and Nimal dishing out a team-best seven assists and tying for second with eight goals.
The Lady Evangels advanced to the NCCAA Central Regional semifinals before falling 5-1 to eventual regional champ Southern Nazarene University.
Lady Evangel Volleyball Recognition
Mid-America Christian University senior Becca Anderson has been selected to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-Central Region team, the organization announced December 19th.
Anderson helped the Lady Evangels advance to the NCCAA Central Regional title match for the first time since 2009 by ranking second on the team in kills (188) despite missing the final six matches of the season with an injury.
The Cleburne, Texas native also led the team in solo blocks (31) and tied for team-high honors in total blocks (137). Her 137 blocks tied for second in the Sooner Athletic Conference and her 1.49 blocks per game ranks fifth in NAIA Division I. Anderson holds the MACU career record for blocks (397) and is second all-time in kills (761) since the school joined the NAIA.
Anderson also played a key role in helping the Lady Evangels record their most victories this season (18) since the program joined the NAIA.