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Anderson headlines Kenyon’s All-NCAC selections

CLEVELAND — Leah Anderson, a senior goalkeeper, was named the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Defensive Player of the Year. She was one of seven Kenyon College Owls selected to the 2022 All-NCAC Women’s Soccer Team.

 Kenyon’s other honorees included Sadie Gould, who joined Anderson among the first-team selections, as well as Talulla Sheridan and Claudia Abram, who were named to the second team. Additionally, Morgan Baker, Eun Hae Lillig and Kit Ross picked up third-team honors for the Owls.

The group of seven helped Kenyon to an overall record of 7-6-4 this season, which included a first-place 5-1-1 mark in conference play. The team’s NCAC regular-season championship was the fourth in program history.

Anderson, who is now a two-time All-NCAC selection, played all 17 games this season and started 16 of them. She yielded just 16 goals for a 1.01 goals against average and posted six shutouts. She made 76 saves and generated a .826 save percentage. That save percentage, as well as her shutouts-per-game average (.353) and saves-per-game average (4.47), each ranked second among all goalkeepers in the conference.

Gould, a junior midfielder, gained a first-team spot after being named an honorable mention on the 2021 All-NCAC team. This past season, she led Kenyon with 13 points on six goals and one assist. Her goal total ranked tied for second in the NCAC and her point total ranked sixth.

Assisting Gould on the attack was Sheridan, a sophomore forward. She ranked second on the team with nine points on four goals and an assist. Her All-NCAC honor was her first. Abram also earned her first all-conference honor for the Owls. The sophomore defender started all 17 games and helped the team post a 1.06 goals against average to go along with six shutouts.

On the third team, Kenyon had a forward in Lillig, a midfielder in Baker and a defender in Ross. Lillig, a sophomore, tallied two goals in 16 games played, while Baker, a sophomore, racked up a goal and tied for the team-lead with three assists. Ross, a junior, was part of that stellar Kenyon defense, but also managed to score her first collegiate goal this season. The All-NCAC designation was a first for both Lillig and Ross. Baker, however, picked up her second award after being named an honorable mention last season.

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