DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference has announced its All-WAC women's soccer teams and major awards as selected by the league's nine head coaches. Kansas City swept the major awards with Reighan Childers being named WAC Offensive Player of the year and Abby Small earning WAC Defensive Player of the Year. Kansas City's Rylan Childers claimed WAC Freshman of the Year and the Roos' head coach, Chris Cissell, was named WAC Coach of the Year.
Reighan Childers, a senior from Grain Valley, Mo., posted six goals and seven assists throughout the season. She has tallied 19 points in 19 games played. In 61 shots taken, Reighan has placed 25 on goal. Besides her stats, she controlled the tempo and pace of the game for Kansas City throughout the year. She will graduate as Kansas City's all-time assists leader.
Small, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., led a defense that allowed just three goals in conference play. She started all 19 games and played 1,593 minutes. Small played a large role in the Roos' nine shutouts, seven in WAC play, throughout the season. She also tallied two goals on the season, including one game-winner.
Rylan Childers, a freshman from Grain Valley, Mo., finished the regular season with 10 goals, 14 assists, and 34 points. She leads the WAC in assists and points and is ranked second in goals scored. Throughout NCAA Division I, Rylan leads in total assists, is second in assists per game, and eighth in total points. She has already tallied the most points for a freshman in Kansas City program history.
Cissell led his team to back-to-back WAC regular season titles. He consistently helps the Roos to a top-three finish in regular season play. Cissell has spent 27 seasons at the reins of a men's or women's collegiate soccer team and compiled an overall record of 369-165-40. He claims an 86-59-18 record with Kansas City in eight seasons and 38-11-4 in WAC play.
2018 First Team All-WAC
Lexie Howard, Sr., F, Kansas City
Kelsey Mothershead, Sr., F, Kansas City
Emily Zapata, Fr., F, UT Rio Grande Valley
Aminah Settles, R Sr. F, CSU Bakersfield
Rylan Childers, Fr. MF, Kansas City
Reighan Childers, Sr., MF, Kansas City
McKenzie Cook, Sr., MF, Grand Canyon
Abby Small, Jr., D, Kansas City
Hannah Carrothers, Sr., D, Seattle U
Rachel Bowler, Jr., D, Seattle U
Kinga Szemik, Jr., GK, UT Rio Grande Valley
2018 Second Team All-WAC
Jessie Ray, Jr., F, Seattle U
Sarah Bonney, Jr., F, UT Rio Grande Valley
Desarae Felix, Sr., F, California Baptist
Sara Quevedo, Jr., MF, Chicago State
Isabelle Butterfield, Sr., MF, Seattle U
Madeline Moore, Fr., MF, Utah Valley
Holly Rothering, Jr., MF, Seattle U
Halle Hamilton, Jr., D, Kansas City
Hannah Bruce, Jr., D, Utah Valley
Tuva Nilsen, Sr., D, UT Rio Grande Valley
Carissa Christensen, Sr., GK, California Baptist
Offensive Player of the Year: Reighan Childers, Sr., MF, Kansas City
Defensive Player of the Year: Abby Small, Jr., D, Kansas City
Freshman of the Year: Rylan Childers, Fr., MF, Kansas City
Coach of the Year: Chris Cissell, Kansas City