BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kaylee Holt of Grambling State, Mercedes Padilla of Alabama State and Gianna Guyot also of Alabama State have been named the Southwestern Athletic Conference individual award winners as the league announced its 2018 preseason soccer honors on Tuesday.

The honors were voted on by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors.

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff senior midfielder Karissa Fenwick was the lone Lady Lion who received First-Team All-SWAC Preseason Soccer honors as a midfielder. Teammate senior forward Rebecca Holmes, who led the team in both goals and assists last season, earned Second-Team All-SWAC Preseason Soccer honors as a forward. Fenwick finished second on the team in both goals and assists.

Holt was voted the SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Holt was tied for fifth in the conference with 15 points in 2017, scoring six goals and adding three assists. The six goals was tied for fourth in the SWAC in 2017.

Padilla was named the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Padilla helped lead a Lady Hornets backline that ranked first in goals against average in conference play last season. Alabama State totaled a 0.70 GAA as a team during the 2017 campaign. The Lady Hornets also allowed the fewest goals in conference play, letting just seven shots find the back of the net.

Guyot was named the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year. Guyot led the league in goals against average in conference matches (.067) and save percentage (.875) during the 2017 season. Guyot also ranked tied for sixth in total saves in conference play, stopping 42 shots a season ago.

Alabama State was predicted to finish first in the conference, totaling 168 points. Grambling State was predicted to finish second (145) and Howard was predicted to finish third with 142 points. Texas Southern was predicted to finish fourth, totaling 129 points.

Alabama State earned the most preseason All-SWAC selections with five players. Grambling State had the second most players with four receiving preseason recognition. Howard had three players earn preseason honors, while Mississippi Valley State, Prairie View A&M, Texas Southern and Arkansas Pine Bluff each had two players recognized. Alabama A&M had one player receive preseason All-SWAC recognition.

The preseason individual award winners, All-SWAC teams and predicted order of finish are below:

Individual Awards

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Kaylee Holt (Grambling State)

Preseason Defender of the Year

Mercedes Padilla (Alabama State)

Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year

Gianna Guyot (Alabama State)

First Team All-SWAC


Kaylee Holt (Grambling State

Teaggan Ilela (Alabama State)

Whitney White (Howard)


Laadi Issaka (Mississippi Valley State)

Blair Lane (Prairie View A&M)

Kayla Smith (Texas Southern)

Karissa Fenwick (Arkansas Pine Bluff)


Mercedes Padilla (Alabama State)

Brittany Terry (Grambling State)

Brianna Norwood (Texas Southern)


Gianna Guyot (Alabama State)

Second Team All-SWAC


Jasmine Smith (Grambling State)

Ayanna Gooden (Alabama State)

Aleeyah Sawyer (Howard)


Iris Torres (Alabama A&M)

Stephany Adomako (Mississippi Valley State)

Shyann Cordova (Alabama State)

Rebecca Holmes (Arkansas Pine Bluff


Kendall Hamilton (Howard)

Haileigh Adams (Grambling State)

Alex Fields (Prairie View A&M)


Jodi Medina (Alabama A&M)

Predicted Order of Finish

School (Points)

Alabama State (168)

Grambling State (145)

Howard (142)

Texas Southern (129)

Prairie View A&M (96)

Alabama A&M (74)

Mississippi Valley State (72)

Jackson State (67)

Alcorn State (57)

Arkansas Pine Bluff (54)

Southern (52)