2018 KCAC Women’s Soccer Preseason Team Announced

WICHITA, Kan. – Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference head women’s soccer coaches have selected the 2018 KCAC Preseason Team. The group is made up of returning 2017 All-KCAC first and second team performers.


Student-athletes highlighting the 2018 preseason team are: 2017 Co-Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year, Marjolen Nekesa (Oklahoma Wesleyan University), and Kaja Cremin (Oklahoma Wesleyan).


Nekesa led the Eagles with 25 goals, 97 shots, and 54 shots on goal last season. The Nairobi, Kenya native ranked sixth nationally in total game winning goals (8), ninth in total goals and total points (64.00), 10th in total assists (14), and 12th in points per game (2.780). In the KCAC, Nekesa was second in points, goals, assists, and game winning goals. Additionally, Nekesa was named to the NAIA All-America Honorable Mention team.


Cremin, a forward for Oklahoma Wesleyan, was a 2017 All-KCAC First Team pick. Last year, Cremin, a Tulsa, Okla. native, helped lead the Eagles with 16 assists, while also ranking fifth in the NAIA in the same category. Cremin also ranked seventh nationally in assists per game (0.730), and 16th in total points (52.20).


The group is made up of six seniors, two juniors, and six sophomores.

Representing Oklahoma Wesleyan on the team are Kaja Cremin, Taylor Gross, Marjolen Nekesa, Kayla Beaver, and Danielle Uptain.


Name School Position Year Hometown
Kaja Cremin Oklahoma Wesleyan F Sr. Tulsa, Okla.
Taylor Gross Oklahoma Wesleyan F Jr. Edmond, Okla.
Breanna Bembenek York F So. New Lenox, Ill.
Elena Lemus Sterling F Sr. Santa Fe, N.M.
Marjolen Nekesa Oklahoma Wesleyan MF So. Nairobi, Kenya
Ady Barraza Ottawa MF Sr. Olathe, Kan.
Jazelle Gonzalez Friends MF Sr. Dallas, Texas
Valerie Ochoa Kansas Wesleyan MF Jr. Monrovia, Calif.
Kayla Beaver Oklahoma Wesleyan D So. Wichita, Kan.
Abby Anderson Friends D Sr. Wichita, Kan.
Krysta Catone Kansas Wesleyan D So. Chino Hills, Calif.
Danielle Uptain Oklahoma Wesleyan D Sr. Sparks, Nev.
Jordan Wells Bethany GK So. San Bernardino, Calif.
Christie Silber McPherson GK So. Simi Valley, Calif.


Original Article via KCAC