Mikki Lewis Tabbed Preseason All-Sun Belt; Trojans Picked Second


TROY, Ala. (troytrojans.com)  ­– Troy junior goalkeeper Mikki Lewis was named to the Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference Team on Tuesday as selected by the leagues coaches. The Trojans were picked to finish second.

Lewis was a 2015 All-Sun Belt First Team selection after leading the league with nine shutouts. The St. Johns, Fla., native has posted 20 career clean sheets, which is second most all-time at Troy.

For the second straight season, the Trojans are picked to finish the regular season second behind South Alabama. Under head coach Jason Hamilton, Troy has won 30 games which is the best two-year stretch in the program’s history. The squad won a school-record 16 games in 2014 and followed that with 14 victories last season.

The Trojans open the 2016 season on Friday on the road against Gardner-Webb before traveling to Birmingham on Sunday to face Samford. The team’s home opener is set for Aug. 26 against Belmont.

2016 Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference Team

Jennifer Wittick (Georgia Southern, Senior, Forward)

Yazmin Montoya (UL Lafayette, Senior, Forward)

* Chardé Hannah (South Alabama, Junior, Forward)

** Lauren Prater (Texas State, Senior, Forward)

** Caitlyn Eddy (Little Rock, Sophomore, Midfielder)

* Suzanne Arafa (Georgia State, Senior, Midfielder)

* Danielle Henley (South Alabama, Junior, Midfielder)

* Lindsey Tully (Appalachian State, Junior, Defender)

* Steffi Hardy (South Alabama, Junior, Defender)

** Jemma Purfield (South Alabama, Sophomore, Defender)

* Mikki Lewis (Troy, Junior, Goalkeeper)

* –  denotes 2015 First-Team All-Conference | ** denotes 2015 Second-Team All-Conference

2016 Sun Belt Preseason Co-Offensive Players of the Year

Chardé Hannah (South Alabama, Sophomore, Forward)

Lauren Prater (Texas State, Senior, Forward)

2016 Sun Belt Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Steffi Hardy (South Alabama, Junior, Defender)

2016 Sun Belt Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll (first-place votes in parentheses)

  1. South Alabama (10) – 120 pts
  2. Troy – 102 pts
  3. Coastal Carolina – 86 pts
  4. Appalachian State – 81 pts
  5. Little Rock – 77 pts
  6. Texas State – 76 pts
  7. Georgia Southern – 53 pts
  8. Georgia State – 49 pts
  9. UL Lafayette (1) – 46 pts
  10. Arkansas State – 20 pts
  11. UL Monroe – 16 pts
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