Five Summit League Women’s Soccer Standouts Earn USC All-Region Accolades

Denver's Cheyenne Shorts was among five Summit League players named to the United Soccer Coaches' All-West Region Team.
Denver's Cheyenne Shorts was among five Summit League players named to the United Soccer Coaches' All-West Region Team.

2019 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I All-West Region Teams

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Five Summit League student-athletes were among the 42 women's soccer players selected to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I All-West Region Teams announced by organization officials this week. Regular-season champion Denver had a trio of players recognized, while South Dakota State and South Dakota each had one named all-region.

Representing the tournament champion Jackrabbits is senior forward Leah Manuleleua. The Manteca, Calif., native has been an All-Summit League performer in her three collegiate seasons, landing on the second team after setting a league record with seven game-winning goals.

Denver was represented by three Pioneers, beginning with senior defender Cheyenne Shorts. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year started all 20 matches for her team that posted 12 shutouts, including a defensive unit that only allowed two goals in eight league matches. Natalie Beckman and Sami Feller landed second-team honors, as this is Feller's second-straight season being named to the USC All-West Region Team. Beckman led the league with six assists, while Feller led the Pioneers with eight goals and was fifth in the league with 18 overall points.

South Dakota's Alexis Mitchell rounded out The Summit League's quintet of honorees by being named to the third team. Mitchell was a second-team All-Summit League honoree following the 2019 season. She finished the campaign with a team-high five assists, which was tied for second-best in the Summit League this season.

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