Lady Warriors Bring Home Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and All-KCAC Team Awards

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sterling, Kan. - The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) has announced the 2010 All-KCAC Women's Soccer Individual Awards and All-Conference Teams. Sterling College senior Kylie Yates has been named the KCAC Offensive 

Player of the Year, junior Lacey Rhodes has been named the KCAC Newcomer/Transfer of the Year, and head coach Justin Morris has been named the KCAC Co-Coach of the Year with Ottawa University's Marc Gordon. Yates and Rhodes were also named First Team All-KCAC, senior Yesenia Garcia and junior Joanne Williams were named Second Team All-KCAC, and junior Morgan Martin was named Honorable Mention All-KCAC.

KCAC Offensive Player of the Year and All-KCAC First Team member Kylie Yates finished the season with 22 goals, 2 assists and 46 points, all of which led the KCAC. The 22 goals total was also good enough for Yates to finish 3rd in the NAIA in total goals. Kylie is a senior forward from Berthoud, Colorado.

Lacey Rhodes, KCAC Newcomer/Transfer of the Year and All-KCAC First Team member, had 3 goals, 5 assists and 11 points in the 2010 regular season. Rhodes tied for 5th in the KCAC in assists. Lacey is a junior forward from Phoenix, Arizona.

Coach Justin Morris earns his second KCAC Coach of the Year Award to go along with his NAIA Region IV Coach of the Year award in 2006. Morris's first KCAC Coach of the Year Award was in 2004. Coaching the Warriors to a tie for 3rd in the KCAC Regular Season after finishing in last place the year before is a big reason for Morris's 2010 award. Justin is 1998 graduate of Sterling College and has been coaching the Lady Warriors since the 1999 season.

All-KCAC Second Team member Yesenia Garcia scored 4 goals and had 3 assists with 11 points in 2010. Garcia is a senior forward from Great Bend, Kansas.

Junior Joanne Williams was named All-KCAC Second Team and was the anchor for the Sterling back line this year. Williams missed a couple of critical games this year due to injury including the match against Ottawa University. If the Lady Warriors manage to defeat McPherson in the Quarter-Final Round, Williams will be a tremendous asset against Ottawa in the Semi-Final Round.

Morgan Martin was named All-KCAC Honorable Mention and had 2 assists for the Warriors in 2010 while playing a variety of different positions. Martin is a junior defender/midfielder from Boerne, Texas.

The Lady Warrior Soccer team will be in action tomorrow afternoon, opening up the 2010 KCAC Women's Soccer Tournament with a home match against McPherson College at 4:00 pm.