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Five women’s soccer Academic All-District honorees are most ever at OLLU

Five from OLLU women’s soccer have been selected to the 2022 Academic All-District® Women’s Soccer Team. The program recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

College Sports Communicators (formerly the College Sports Information Directors of American – CoSIDA), such as OLLU’s 16-year member Patricia Constantin, submit nominees for consideration. The organization boasts more than 3,000 members, and all are eligible to vote for all sports teams each year.

The five honorees – the most ever from an OLLU team – are Rachel Dziuba, Sarah Miles, Samantha Nava, Riley Perez and Deanna Tarango. Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America® ballot.

Rachel Dziuba, a Biomathematics/Environmental Science major,  has been part of the Saints team since 2020. She played and started in all 19 games this year. She recorded 10 shots, four on goal. Dziuba was named to the 2022 RRAC All-Tournament Team and was part of the All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. Dziuba earned a 4.0 GPA.

Sarah Miles, a Computer Information Systems and Security major, has been part of the Saints team since 2019. She played in 15 games, 13 as a starter this year. Miles had one goal and two assists, and 11 shots, nine on goal. She earned a 3.94 GPA.

Samantha Nava, a Biology major, has been part of the Saints team since 2020. She played in 14 games, five as a starter. Nava had one assist, six shots and three on goal. She earned a 4.0 GPA.

Riley Perez, a Finance/Business Management major, has been part of the Saints team since 2019. This year, she played in 15 games, eight as a starter. Perez scored four goals and had 11 shots, five on goal. Perez marked a 3.89 GPA.

Deanna Tarango, a Visual and New Media Arts major, has been part of the Saints team since 2020. She played in 18 games, all as a starter. Tarango had one assist, four shots and three on goal. She was named to the 2022 RRAC All-Conference First Team. Tarango earned a 3.80 GPA.

The NAIA CSC Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported through the NAIA national office.

Women’s soccer falls to TAMUT in RRAC Tournament semifinals

The women’s soccer team ended the 2022 season with a loss against Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMUT) 5-1 on Nov. 10. The Saints finish the year with an 8-4-7 overall record and 5-1-5 mark in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play. The Eagles advanced to the RRAC Tournament championship match. 

Head Coach Arthur Salazar commented, “Certainly, this is not how we envisioned ending the season. Nevertheless, I’m proud of this team in how they handled the season. I want to make sure to thank our seniors for everything they have given to this program and university. Their commitment and sacrifice have helped us to maintain a high level of competitiveness during their time here. Making it to the conference final three years straight and finishing top four this year is no simple feat. I am so thankful each of these players have chosen to be here at OLLU and appreciate their efforts.”

History
The Saints were 5-1-1 against the Eagles prior to the match.

Basics
The Eagles offense hit on all cylinders during the RRAC Tournament semifinal. Italia Avila started the scoring at the 21st minute on a penalty kick and Johanna Rodriguez added another goal at the 37-minute mark. Lyndee Rheinberger responded for the Saints following the 2-0 deficit. She scored with an assist from Kyleigh Spree-Kolos just under a minute after the Eagles went ahead 2-0. The Saints went into halftime down by only one goal.

Texarkana’s offensive pressure continued in the second half. They tallied three goals and denied the Saints from scoring. The Eagles totaled nine shots on goal and seven corner kicks. The Saints took eight shots with four on goal. Tess Pitcher made four saves in net for OLLU.

Scoring overview
22′ – TAMUT – Italia Avila
37′ – TAMUT – Johanna Rodriguez
38′ – OLLU – Lyndee Rheinberger (assisted by Kyleigh Spree-Kolos)
61′ – TAMUT – Keyla Quiroz (assisted by Ariell Hopkins)
81′ – TAMUT – Alyssa Daily (assisted by Chayce Walker)
85′ – TAMUT – Chayce Walker

Inside the box score
Leading the way for the Saints’ offense was Rheinberger and Sara Garza with two shots on goal each. Three different Texarkana players had two shots on goal.

Overall, the Saints tallied eight shots, with four on goal. Texarkana recorded 14 shots with nine on goal.

OLLU had four corner kicks and the Eagles took seven.

Soccer’s Jaylin Seto balances academics, athletics and internships

The life of a student-athlete is often hectic. Balancing academics by itself can be difficult for many college students, but when one adds sports and a job, that is a challenge not many can juggle. College students need to be determined and diligent to have a successful and rewarding outcome. At OLLU, Jaylin Seto (SR/Houston, Texas) is one of the most successful student-athletes the university has ever seen.

Seto is entering her senior year as a member of the women’s soccer program. The 5’6″ midfielder has tallied eight goals and 17 assists in her collegiate career. Seto also has three game-winning goals as a Saint. She helped lead the Saints to their first undefeated regular season as the assists leader during a challenging 2021 spring season that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She guided the Saints to its first-ever undefeated regular season. The team’s only loss was at the conference tournament, where they lost 1-0 to end the season. Prior to that, Seto was a member of the 2019 team that captured the regular season and tournament titles. She’s hoping this year will give them the opportunity to make it to nationals.

Seto is currently interning as a physical therapist at the University Health Pavillion near the University of Texas at San Antonio campus. She had to wait over a year to secure the internship due to COVID-19. Seto’s internship includes observing how physical therapists deal with patients and nursing injuries. She plans to stay in Texas and look for a job in physical therapy at a university following graduation. Seto is pursuing a degree in kinesiology.

While most athletes leave campus for the summer to be with family and friends, Seto stayed at OLLU to work with the campus recreation program. Her main duties are keeping the gym clean and working in the workout room while also taking part in her summer courses online. She also works at Walmart. Her typical day consists of completing homework from 7 a.m. to midnight or later, interning, training for the upcoming soccer season in August and working at Walmart.

Seto played with the San Antonio Athenians semi-pro team in the United Women’s Soccer League to start the summer. Although she gained valuable experience, she could not continue playing for the team due to time constraints.

Seto holds her OLLU teammates accountable and said, “I keep up with my teammates on social media and see that they are practicing. I also try and work out in the weight room a few times a week.” She trains with teammate Liliana Briseno (SR/San Antonio, Texas) on a weekly basis.

Academics are a top priority in Seto’s life. She has made the Dean’s List three times. She contributed to her team being ranked first among OLLU teams with a 3.57 overall GPA for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Seto prefers an in-person curriculum compared to online, which made learning during COVID-19 especially difficult. When the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) announced that fall sports would be moved to the spring of 2021, the women’s soccer players had already scheduled their classes for that term. Athletes specifically choose classes based on when their sport is in season, so balancing tougher courses with an unpredictable season presented challenges.

Seto excels away from the classroom as well. She is a two-time First-Team All-Conference winner and is the fifth-place record holder in assists. She also is a three-time All-Conference Scholar-Athlete. During her senior year at Gregory Portland High School in Portland, Texas, she was the team MVP and was awarded Second-Team All-State honors.

With only a year left at OLLU, Seto is determined to lead the Saints to another successful season. She looks forward to graduation and continuing her career in physical therapy.  “I am thankful for all my family and supporters, as well as God. Without them, I would not be able to do what I do,” Seto said.