Nederland graduates named to preseason All-Southland women’s soccer teams

Published 12:01 am Friday, August 9, 2019

Nederland High School graduates Madison Ledet and Emma Roccaforte earned spots on the preseason All-Southland Conference women’s soccer teams released Thursday.

Ledet, a Lamar junior forward, was selected to the first team. The 2017 Southland Conference tournament MVP was honorable mention All-Southland in 2018 and finished as the second-leading scorer with 18 points (six goals, six assists). She registered three goals against Southern last August.

Ledet’s 50 shots, 26 of them on goal, also were second on the team.

Roccaforte, a junior goalkeeper, is a preseason second-team selection. She has started in 33 games the past two seasons, allowing just 17 goals and tallied 77 saves (81.9 save percentage, 0.92 goals allowed per game). She was also named All-Southland honorable mention last fall and was named to the Southland Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the second year in a row.

Lamar junior Lucy Ashworth was also named second-team All-Southland. The native Englander was an honorable mention forward a year ago and posted identical season stats in goals and assists to Ledet, posting a season-high two goals against Grambling State last August. Ashworth netted two game-winners, one against Central Arkansas and another against Incarnate Word.

Lamar, which finished 12-6-2 and 7-2-2 in the Southland last fall, is picked to finish third in the Southland in 2019, behind Abilene Christian and Central Arkansas.

The Cardinals received three of the 24 first-place votes, with ACU receiving 11 and Central Arkansas 10. McNeese was picked fourth.

Lanar goes into the 2019 season with three Mid-County athletes, including junior Hailey Loupe of Port Neches and freshman Meg Sheppard of Nederland.

The Cardinals’ season begins Aug. 17 at Rice.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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