Soccer coaches Worley, Rayfield lead T-Duck players with post-season awards
While the Richland College soccer teamsâ€™ seasons may have ended in November with the men winning a second straight National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III title and the women advancing to the national tournamentâ€™s semifinal round, both squads are still receiving post-season accolades.
Leading the way are the head coaches â€“ Rex Rayfield (women) and Sean Worley (men) â€“ who both were named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) regional Coach of the Year.
Worley was named the Northwest Region Coach of the Year while Rayfield was the South/Central Regional Coach of the Year.
Entering this season, Worley had compiled a 164-43-16 record while Rayfield was in his first season as head coach.
By becoming a regional Coach of the Year, Worley and Rayfield are candidates for the NSCAA Division III National Coach of the Year, which will be announced on Thurs., Jan. 17.
Also receiving NSCAA awards for the women were freshmen Korey Hearn and Dominique Harrison, who were named to the All-American first team and second team, respectively.
Harrison and Hearn, along with freshman goalkeeper Michelle McDowell, were also named to the All-South/Central Region Team as well as receiving NJCAA Division III All-American awards.
According to the NJCAA statistics, Harrison finished the season with a team-high 15 goals and 10 assists while Hearn had seven goals and a team-high 15 assists.
From the goalie position, McDowell allowed only nine goals on 69 shot attempts.
Receiving All-American awards for the men were freshmen Carlos Videla and David Freeland, who were handed NSCAA and NJCAA honors.
Videla and Freeland were also named to the All-Northwest Region first-team while sophomore Jorge Morales and freshman Hugo Ruelas were named to the second-team.
Videla finished the season with six goals and a team-high 10 assists, according to the NJCAA, which had Freeland totaling a team-high 13 goals and one assist.
Although Morales and Ruelas combined to total only one goal and one assist, the two defensive specialists played a pivotal role in making sure the T-Ducksâ€™ opponents only scored 24 goals out of 100 shot attempts.