Seven Trinity Baptist College women’s soccer players earned postseason honors as the Eagles finished the 2017 season as the South Region runners up. Kristin Pabon, Arianna Elliot, Kareema Mitchell, and Arisa Robles were named to the All-South Region First Team while Alexa Goodwin, Dasia Shepherd, and Domanique Baldwin made the All-South Region Second team. In addition, head coach Prince Borde was named the South Region Women’s Coach of the Year.
Kristin helped lead the defense to a 1.67 goals-allowed average. Kristin, a junior, also scored three goals coming out of the backfield on corner kicks and free kicks, and she assisted on a goal during the Eagles’ semifinal game. She also won a Division 2 Defensive Payer of the Week award just before the regular season ended.
Arianna was second on the team in scoring with six goals and six assists for a total of 18 points. She was an offensive leader and took the bulk of the Eagles’ corner kicks and penalty kicks. Arianna, a sophomore, was a mainstay in the lineup and routinely set up scoring opportunities for her teammates.
In her second year with the Eagles, Kareema assisted on five goals on the front line and helped protect the goal admirably on the defensive side of the field. Kareema, a sophomore, handled the opposition’s physical play and helped make the job of goalkeeper Courtney Blanset much easier all season.
Arisa played textbook team soccer all season as she constantly found ways to get the ball to her teammates for potential scoring opportunities. Arisa, a junior, scored one goal but assisted on five others as she played selfless offense and defense in every game. She was a master at stealing the ball from the opposition and setting up offensive attacks.
Alexa moved forward and back all season, helping in any way necessary. Along with Kristin Pabon, Jennifer Jeffery, Hailey Ridenour and many more, Alexa, a junior, helped form a defensive backfield that most opponents found impenetrable. Offensively, Alexa scored one goal and assisted on one more as she moved up front to aid in the offensive attacks.
Dasia was the Eagles’ leading scorer in goals with 10, and with an assist, she also led the Eagles with 21 total points. Her best game came on September 16 when she scored four times and earned herself the runner-up for Offensive Player of the Week. Twice Dasia, a freshman, scored the only goal in a 1-0 Eagles win.
Domanique played mainly midfield, but she often got herself in front of the goal to thwart opposition advancements. Domanique, a freshman, blocked shots and passes and stole numerous balls away from the opposition to send the ball upfield to her offensive teammates. When necessary, she joined the backfield’s rock-solid defense.
In addition, Eagles head coach Prince Borde won the honor of the South Region’s Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year.
Prince led his team to its second consecutive South Region final and came within minutes of reaching its first national tournament. He and his assistant coaches — Brian Fallon and Alberto Pita — led the Eagles to a 7-4-1 regular-season record and 3-1 record in the South Region. The team won the semifinal match 5-1. The Eagles finished the regular season as the #1 team in Division 2, a spot they held for the final two weeks. The Eagles were in the Top 3 most every week. All this came in the team’s third season in existence.
Congratulations to Coach Borde, his seven players who earned postseason honors, and the entire Lady Eagles soccer team on what was a fantastic and very successful 2017 season.