Seven Bulldogs Garner All-SoCon Awards, Yelton Named Coach Of The Year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After an undefeated season in conference play, Todd Yelton has been named Coach of the Year and junior Kylie Gazza the Defensive Player of the Year, while seven Samford women’s soccer players have been selected to the 2021-22 All-Southern Conference teams, as the league office announced its postseason awards Friday morning.
The winningest coach in Samford soccer history, Todd Yelton, has now been recognized as Coach of the Year eight times in his 20 seasons as a Bulldog. This year has brought Yelton an overall record of 12-3-2 for a total of 249 wins in his time at Samford. He also led the Samford women’s soccer program to its eighth-straight SoCon regular season title and thirteenth overall.
Junior Kylie Gazza has been a force to be reckon with on Samford’s backline this season, earning her the title of Defensive Player of the Year. The Georgia native was also named to SoCon First Team All-Conference with two of her fellow teammates. Gazza has started at the center back position for all 17 games, ranking third on the team in minutes with 1,517 played. She also made an impact offensively on the pitch, picking up goals against Kennesaw State, Texas, VMI, Wofford, and Furman.
In her third season as a Bulldog, junior Taylor Yount picks up her fourth All-SoCon award with a First Team All-Conference nod. The forward from Cape Coral, Florida has started in 16-of-17 matches for Samford, tallying six goals and four assists for a total of 16 points. Yount has fired off a team-high 39 shots with 16 being on goal, while logging 1,053 minutes on the field this season.
Super senior Alyssa Frazier joins Gazza and Yount on SoCon First Team All-Conference, marking it as the third-straight first team honor for the midfielder. Frazier has led the Bulldogs offensively throughout the season with a team-high 19 points after locking in six goals and seven assists. She tallied four game-winning goals this fall, including one against UAB that earned her a spot on SportsCenter Top 10 and in Samford’s 1-0 victory against SEC opponent, Alabama. Frazier was also recognized as the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week and Student-Athlete of the Week throughout the season.
Junior Mary Raymond locks in her first career All-SoCon award after being selected to Second Team All-Conference. She made an impact for the Bulldogs in the middle of the park this season, starting in all but one contest for a total of 918 minutes on the pitch. Raymond has notched six goals along with her teammates, Frazier and Yount, to go along with four assists for a total of 16 points. The Florida native has made herself a key asset in offensive opportunities, ranking second for the Bulldogs with 38 shots this season.
Fellow junior Lindsay Origliasso has kept the outside flanks locked down for Samford with the outside back snagging her career first All-SoCon award with a spot on Second Team All-Conference. Origliasso has started in all 17 matches for the Bulldogs, ranking fourth on the team in minutes with 1,430 on the season. The defender also tallied her first career assist in Samford’s 2-1 victory over Western Carolina.
Covid senior Morgan McAslan continues to be a top contender between the posts in the Southern Conference as the goalkeeper earns Second Team All-Conference honors. McAslan has played the entirety of every contest this season for a team-high 1,584 minutes on the pitch. The Waterdown, Canada native has posted 57 saves this season after 173 shots faced, while registering seven shutouts for the Bulldogs. McAslan was also a two-time SoCon Defensive Player of the Week and was named SoCon Player of the Month in September.
Anna Major has made an immediate impact for Samford in her freshman campaign, competing in 16-of-17 games for 492 minutes at the midfield position this fall. She aided the Bulldogs on both offense and defense, producing opportunities in front of goal, while sticking key tackles in opportune moments.   
A full breakdown of the 2021-22 SoCon women’s soccer postseason awards can be viewed below.
2021 Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team
Player of the Year – Nieva Gaither, So., F, Furman
Defensive Player of the Year – Kylie Gazza, Jr., D, Samford
Coach of the Year – Todd Yelton, Samford
Freshman of the Year – Shu Ohba, GK, ETSU
First Team
F – Suzuka Yosue, The Citadel
F – Jasmine Greene, Furman
F – Taylor Yount, Samford
F – Valentine Pursey, Western Carolina
M – Nieva Gaither, Furman
M – Isabella Gutierrez, Furman
M – Alyssa Frazier, Samford
D – Kylie Gazza, Samford
D – Maggie Shaw, Chattanooga
D – Natalie McNally, Western Carolina
GK – Shu Ohba, ETSU
Second Team
F – Kyndal Anderson, Furman
F – Ally Fordham, Mercer
F – Rachel Rasins, Wofford
M – Payton Schurr, Mercer
M – Ciara Whitely, Mercer
M – Caroline Woods, UNCG
M – Mary Raymond, Samford
D – Miya Poplin, Furman
D – Kylie Buchanan, Mercer
D – Lindsay Origliasso, Samford
GK – Morgan McAslan, Samford
All-Freshman Team
Shu Ohba, ETSU
Sydney Somogyi, ETSU
Chandler Lewis-Jenkins, Mercer
Lana Whitfield, Mercer
Chloe Lausell, UNCG
Anna Major, Samford
Sylvie Keck, Chattanooga
Riley Flanagan, VMI
Kirsten Hahn, Western Carolina
Naya Marcil, Western Carolina
Caileen Almeida, Wofford
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