6 "California Swedes" honored by KCAC

By Steve Sell
November 14, 2014

LINDSBORG — Sarah Henderson and Nichole Washburn of Bethany College’s women’s soccer team were selected first-team KCAC, as announced by the conference earlier this week.

Six Swedes in all received mention and each is a California native who has matriculated to the Midwest.

“Anytime you can get six of your players to be recognized throughout conference for their abilities, it is a great thing," Bethany coach Sean McMannis said. "There is no doubt in my mind that all of these girls are deserving of these accolades."

Henderson, a sophomore from Lake Forest, Calif., scored 16 goals in 18 games and earned the Offensive MVP Award in the KCAC. She was the conference’s Freshman of the Year last season.

Twice she scored three or more goals in one game. Henderson also tied for the team lead with three assists, totaling 35 points. She tallied 88 shots for the season and had 43 shots on goal. Henderson was ranked nationally in the Top 45 in six different categories.

"The first-team awards for Henderson and Washburn come from leading the team in goals, and leading our team on the back line. Without them, as a team, we would not have gone as far as we did," McMannis said. 

Washburn, a senior from Temple City, Calif., anchored the Bethany defense this season. Eight times the opposing team only attempted five shots on frame.

Jovana Canales was named a second-team All-KCAC goalkeeper. The sophomore native of Brentwood, Calif., made saves on 72.1 percent of shots that she faced. She averaged allowing just over two goals a game, while saving almost 5.5 shots each game. Canales tallied 101 total saves on the season and recorded eight or more saves in seven of the Swedes’ games this season.

Christina Noonan, a junior from San Diego, played in the midfield for Bethany and earned second-team honors. She scored four goals, including the game-winner in the final game of the regular season against McPherson College, and an important goal in the opening round of the KCAC Tournament.

"The second-team awards earned by Noonan and Canales are from hard work in the midfield and the goalkeeper,” McMannis said. “Jovanna kept us in every game, coming up big for the team when she was tested. Noonan worked very hard in the midfield, she was our connection from the back line to our offense."

Arianna Anaya and Kristina Garcia earned honorable mention as a midfielder and as a defender, respectively. Anaya, the junior midfielder, is a native of West Covina, Calif. She scored five goals on 14 shots on goal and also added an assist. Of her five goals, three were game-winners. Garcia is a senior defender who is from Bakersfield, Calif. She started all 13 games she played in. She also recorded two assists.

"Anaya and Garcia have battled this year to support the team in every way possible,” McMannis said. “Their attitudes and work ethic have been a true example to this team and derserve the honorable mention consideration.”