Dayton, Tenn. – The Bryan College Lions Women's Soccer team had six individuals named 2016 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes, announced recently by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.
The players who were named Scholar-Athletes include Hannah Bohner (SR/Clemmons, N.C.), Morgana Hardt da Silva (JR/Port Alegre, Brazil), Kalina Hyde (SR/Ringgold, Ga.), Christine Kent (NA/Lookout Mountain, Ga.), Hana Mizoguchi (SR/Auburn, Wash.), and Kimberly Warden (SR/McMinnville, Tenn.).
Anchoring the Lion's back line, senior Clemmons, N.C. native Bohner netted two goals on the year, both coming on Sept. 17 when she scored Bryan's two goals in a 2-1 win over fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Bluefield College (Va.). Bohner was also the Lion's representative to the AAC Champion's of Character Team this year. To be voted to the AAC Champion's of Character Team, the individual must represent the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. Her accomplishments in the classroom also earned her conference All-Academic Team honors. To be named to the All-Academic Team, nominees must have completed two terms of attendance and attained a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.
Compiling 115 total saves, Hardt da Silva has stood tall in the goal for the Lions this season, ranking fourth in the conference in total saves and 32nd in the NAIA. She averaged 5.23 saves per game, which was fifth best in the AAC and had a 1.31 goals against average to rank fifth in the conference. She recorded four shutouts and held a top-15 team to only two goals in a meeting against Reinhardt University (Ga.) on Oct. 19. One of her most notable performances this season was when Bryan traveled to No. 2 seed Point University (Ga.) and pulled off an upset versus the Skyhawks in the quarterfinals of the AAC Tournament in a 1-1 score through 110 minutes and 5-4 final in a shootout. After holding Point to only four successful penalty kicks, Hardt da Silva took her turn shooting and tallied one of Bryan's five makes with a strike to the upper right corner of the goal. Her outstanding year landed her on the All-AAC First Team, and her success in her studies placed her on the All-Academic Team.
In one of Bryan's most notable contests this year, Hyde played a role in overwhelming conference school Montreat College (N.C.) with her lone assist of the year in a 4-0 blanking of the Cavaliers on Oct. 26. Hyde helped Bohner on the back line, which set up the Lions for a late run in this year's AAC Tournament. She was also named to the All-Academic Team because of her determination to do well in the classroom.
Returning to the team this year as a grad-student was Kent. Kent provided quality minutes on the pitch and helped support the Lions both on and off the field as a key leader on the team. She took to the field 12 times this season, including the opening round game of the AAC Tournament where the Lions prevailed once again over the Montreat Cavaliers on Nov. 11. She has been an impact player from the defensive position for several years as a Bryan Lion, and hails from just down the road in Lookout Mountain, Ga.
For the second consecutive year, Mizoguchi played a major role offensively as the Lion's leading scorer with nine goals. This year she also led the team in assists with six. Her nine goals rank her 12th in the AAC, while her six assists make her 4th in the conference. Four of her goals this season came in the form of game winning decisions, which ties her for 3rd in the conference and 46th in the NAIA. Midway through the season, Mizoguchi had a three-game scoring streak where she found the back of the net against fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference foes Union College (Ky.), Milligan College (Tenn.), and Truett McConnell University (Ga.). Her efforts gave way to receiving All-AAC First Team and conference All-Academic honors as well as being recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as a member of the Academic All-District® Women's Soccer First Team in College Division in District 2, which encompasses the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee. The CoSIDA award honored the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Warden has proven herself on the field and in the classroom as an All-Academic Team member and aiding the team in 15 games this season, including all four of Bryan's postseason conference tournament matches. She stepped up in the end of the season, which showed in her minutes played and her composure under pressure in the tournament. In both the quarterfinals and semifinals of the AAC Tournament, the Lions were forced into shootouts to decide who would advance, and Warden was one of the Lion's penalty takers. She was 2-for-2 in PK's, helping knock off No. 2 seed Point University (1-1) 5-4 in penalty kicks and No. 6 seed Union College (Ky.) (0-0) with a 4-2 count in the shootout.
Along with a remarkable year in the classroom, the above Lions helped guide the women's soccer team to their winningest season in recorded history (10-10-2 overall, 5-5 in AAC) and finish as Runner-Up in the AAC Tournament.
For the full list of 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Women's Soccer Scholar-Athletes, click here.
For more info about the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete Award, click here.
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