Allen and Berkley Lead the DePauw Women’s Soccer Team in 2019 All-NCAC Selections

Allen and Berkley Lead the DePauw Women’s Soccer Team in 2019 All-NCAC Selections

Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw University women's soccer team had six members of its team selected for the 2019 All-NCAC selections.

Senior midfielder Alex Berkley has been named the Midfielder of the Year, garnering a first-team selection, after being named to the second-team the previous year. Berkley led the Tigers and was second in the NCAC in goals (8) and assists (5) giving her a total of 21 points for the season. Five of her eight goals this season were game-winners, one of which was scored in the final 40 seconds of the Kenyon regular-season game to secure the NCAC season champion title.

Joining Berkley on the first-team is junior defender Natalie Kelley. Kelley was the defensive anchor in the backline, taking the lead in communicating and clearing some of the most time-sensitive plays throughout the season.

The third member selected for the All-NCAC second-team is senior forward Shaili Kumar. Kumar recorded five goals, two of which were game-winners, had three assists and finished the season with a shot on goal percentage of .561.

Rounding out the All-NCAC selections, the Tigers had two honorable mentions, senior midfielder Jenna McCarroll and freshman midfielder Anissa Nourse. Finishing her senior year of play McCarroll was an enforcer in the center of the pitch, she tallied two goals, one of which was a game-winner and one assist. Nourse scored two goals this season using her speed and footwork to finesse her way past defenders and create scoring opportunities for the Tigers.

Leading the DePauw University Tigers is 2019 NCAC Coach of the Year Cristin Allen. In her first season with the Tigers, Allen took a team who had a two-year losing record of 8-23-1 and turned the program around to finish with a 12-6-2 overall record and earn the NCAC regular-season champions title.

Despite opening the season with two road losses the Tigers traded wins and losses in September recording five wins in that month alone. Following its shutout win over Oberlin at the end of September the Tigers would go undefeated in NCAC play, allowing just four goals across 10 games.

In the stretch of NCAC regular-season play, it was evident that the mindset of the Tigers had changed and that the efforts on the field and the sideline created an atmosphere that encouraged a "Teammate First" attitude.