BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the third straight year the King University women's soccer team has had at least one player selected National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Southeast Region. This season it was seniors Paula Doran and Kendyl Baird that garnered third team All-Region from the NSCAA.
Doran led Conference Carolinas with nine assists from her midfield position. The Kildare, Ireland native also added four goals on the season, including one game-winner. She posted three goals in her final five contests, including the game-winner in a 3-1 win over Barton College in the regular season finale. Earlier in the season she dished out three assists in a 6-0 win over the University of Mount Olive and added two more in a 7-0 win over Erskine College. This marks the first time Doran has been selected NSCAA All-Southeast Region.
Baird, ranked fifth in the league with nine goals, sixth with 22 points, and ranked 10th with four assists on the season. A native of Boone, N.C., Baird's nine goals also tied for the team lead. She became the second Tornado in the NCAA Division II era to tally four goals in a game when she found the back of the net four times against Mount Olive. A week earlier she posted two goals, including the game-winner and one assist in a 5-1 win over North Greenville University. This marks the first time Baird has been named NSCAA All-Southeast Region.
This duo becomes the seventh and eight Tornado to garner All-Region honors from the NSCAA. Morgan Shelton was selected to the third team in 2011 and in 2014 Rachel Thorpe garnered third team honors and Hulda Sigurdardottir was selected second team. Sigurdardottir then earned first team honors in 2015.
Doran and Baird are also two of 10 Conference Carolinas players to earn All-Region honors from the NSCAA, joining three players from Belmont Abbey College and five from Limestone College.