Kgoale Selected as C-USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Aug. 7, 2017

RUSTON -- Louisiana Tech senior defender Nomvula Kgoale was one of 11 players selected to the Preseason Women's Soccer All-Conference USA Team as well as being chosen as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in a vote by the league head coaches.

Kgoale made an immediate impact last season for the Lady Techsters after transferring from Tyler Junior College, earning second team All-Conference and second team NSCAA All-Central Region honors while helping the team post a 14-6-1 overall record (second most wins in program history).

After missing the first four matches of the season, she saw action in 15 games with 13 starts coming at center back, totaling two goals on just 10 shot attempts while also being part of seven shutouts on the back line.

Kgoale will be one of six returning starters for LA Tech looking to qualify for its fourth straight conference tournament. The Lady Techsters were picked to finish seventh (out of 14) in the preseason poll.

The team reported to fall camp on Sunday, Aug. 6 and underwent fitness testing that afternoon. It was followed by a light practice and then a full morning practice on Monday under surprisingly cool conditions.

The 2017 season gets underway on Aug. 18 at McNeese State.

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2017 Preseason All-Conference USA Team
Megan Greene, Charlotte
Riley Orr, Charlotte
Martha Thomas, Charlotte
Nomvula Kgoale, Louisiana Tech
Carissa Sanders, North Texas
Jackie Stroud, Old Dominion
Samantha Chaiken, Rice
Nia Stallings, Rice
Chandler Backes, WKU
Allison Leone, WKU
Nicole Roseland, WKU



2017 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Martha Thomas, Charlotte

2017 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Nomvula Kgoale, Louisiana Tech

2017 C-USA Preseason Poll
1. North Texas (8)
T2. Charlotte (5)
T2. Rice (1)
4. Florida Atlantic
5. WKU
6. Old Dominion
7. Louisiana Tech
9. Marshall
10. UTSA
11. Middle Tennessee
12. FIU
13. Southern Miss
14. UAB


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