Cloud County women's soccer has eight players named to All-Conference teams

Cloud County women's soccer has eight players named to All-Conference teams

CONCORDIA, Kansas — On Monday, the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) announced the All-Conference soccer teams, with eight Cloud County Community College women's players receiving postseason honors.

Cloud County had five of its eight recipients voted First-Team All-Conference coming off a season that saw the T-Birds finish 15-3 overall this past fall and advance to the Region VI semi-finals.

Freshman forwards Fernanda Peinado and Izabella Christina, freshman midfielder Franciele Cupertino, and sophomores Maria Barbosa and Ingrid Castro were all awarded First-Team honors.

Cloud County had an additional midfielder, sophomore Gabriela de Jesus, and two defenders in Hollie Johnston and Juliana Lima earn their way on the Second-Team All-Conference list, as well.

"I was really happy to see some of our returners like Hollie, Maria and Ingrid back on there as well as our freshmen, Fernanda, Izabella and Franciele, all get selected," said Cloud County head coach, Charles Long. "I think it was a pretty good representation and it shows we could play with the conference. I know the girls are really excited."

For Castro, it marked the second time the defenseman was named to the First-Team All-Conference list. She matched her freshman season total with six goals as a sophomore and added a pair of assists in addition to anchoring the T-Birds back line.

Barbosa, a Second-Team All-Conference selection a year ago, scored a pair of goals and had four assists this season while increasing her shot on goal percentage from 55 percent to 67 percent.

The freshman trio of Peinado, Cupertino and Christina led the T-Birds in scoring this season. Peinado scored a team-high 18 goals. Christina was third on the team with 15 goals and Cupertino proved to be a dynamic playmaker, finishing with 16 goals and 16 assists for a team-high 48 points.

"We're fortunate that those three will definitely be returning next year," Long said. "I think we have a good nucleus coming back, but we'll obviously have to replace a lot of players and essentially our entire defense. We're losing a lot of good, key players."

Three of those sophomores include Johnston, de Jesus and Lima.

Johnston started all 38 games of her career at Cloud County and will graduate a two-time All-Conference player along the Cloud County back row.

Lima and de Jesus, each named to their first All-Conference teams, were also instrumental pieces to a T-Birds' defense that limited opponents to 1.44 goals against in 2018.  Offensively, de Jesus posted three goals and two assists in 15 games and Lima added two assists in 18 games played.

Complete KJCCC West All-Conference teams: