Three From UNCG Women’s Soccer Earn SoCon Preseason Awards

Three From UNCG Women’s Soccer Earn SoCon Preseason Awards

SoCon Announces Women’s Soccer Preseason Awards

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) women’s soccer team is looking forward to the 2023 season after finishing the 2022 season in a thrilling nature at the women’s soccer Southern Conference (SoCon) Tournament.

UNCG earned 67 points for second place and received one first-place vote. Samford, the defending SoCon Regular and Tournament Champions, were the preseason favorites with 77 points and seven first-place votes.

Three Spartans were named to the preseason All-Conference Team, fifth-year Gabi Santora, senior Parker Sikora, and sophomore Emma Malone.

2023 Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Samford (7) 77
2. UNCG (1) 67
3. Mercer 65
4. Chattanooga (2) 64
5. Western Carolina 48
6. Furman 40
7. ETSU 34
8. The Citadel 26
9. Wofford 20
10. VMI 9

() denotes first-place votes

Gabi Santora
Preseason All-Conference Team
Fifth Year | Midfielder | Boca Raton, Fla.

SoCon All-Freshman Team (2019)
All-SoCon Honor Roll (Spring 2021)
During the 2022 season
Finished the season by leading nationally in penalty kicks (2022)
CSC Academic All-District® Team (2022-23)
Appeared and started in all 21 games
Had two game-winning goals
Was the season leader in assists with six in total

Parker Sikora
Preseason All-Conference Team
Senior | Defender | Elk Grove, Calif.

All-SoCon Honor Roll (Spring 2021)
During the 2022 season
CSC Academic All-District® Team (2022-23)
All-Conference first team (2022)
Appeared and started in all 21 games
Recorded two goals on the season
She notched two assists
Was part of a defense that averaged 1.17 goals against, which was fourth in the SoCon

Emma Malone
Preseason All-Conference Team
Sophomore | Goalkeeper | Wallingford, Conn.

During the 2022 season
Named All-SoCon Freshman Team
Appeared in 11 games during her freshman year
Notched a 5-1-3 record in net
Posted 28 total saves on the season
Recorded a game-high of eight saves against Samford on Nov. 6
Faced 29 total shots and only allowed four goals

2023 Women’s Soccer Preseason All-Conference Team

F Nieva Gaither, Furman
F Jada Moorman, Mercer
F Taylor Yount, Samford
F Isabella Demarco, Western Carolina
MF Gabi Santora, UNCG
MF Whitaker Buchanon, Samford
MF Mackenzie Smith, Chattanooga
D Celeste Nader, The Citadel
D Parker Sikora, UNCG
D Kylie Gazza, Samford
GK Emma Malone, UNCG

Courtesy of Kelly Couse
Strategic Communications Coordinator
UNC Greensboro