SWAC Announces 2007 Women’s Soccer Honors

By SWAC Media Relations
Updated: November 7, 2007

Naira Crimiel

Naira Crimiel

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Jackson State’s Naira Crimiel was crowned the 2007 SWAC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Year. Her teammate Britney Berry was selected as Defensive Player of the Year and Divinity Bradley of Southern University was named Freshman of the Year.

Crimiel, a 5-foot-3 freshman forward from McComb, Miss., ranks first in the SWAC in points (43) and ranks first in the SWAC and third in the nation in points per game (2.69). She also leads the conference in goals (18) and first in the SWAC, second in the NCAA in goals per game (1.12).

Crimiel has assisted the Lady Tigers in compiling a 9-4-3 overall record and a conference record of 3-0-1 the lead the Eastern Division. The Lady Tigers also are ranked first in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 3.69 goals per game. Crimiel was selected as SWAC Offensive Player of the Week four times in the 2007 season

Berry, the senior goalkeeper/forward from Terry, Miss., leads the SWAC in goals against average (1.14 pg) and save percentage (.835). She also averages 5.92 saves per game, which ranks seventh in the conference. She was selected as SWAC Goalie of the Week three times.

The last selection in the top honors category is SU’s Bradley, who ranks first in the SWAC in saves (159) and second in saves per game (9.94) The freshman goalkeeper from Fairfield, Calif. was named SWAC Goalie of the Week five times.

Jackson State leads with five players receiving all-conference honors with two on the first team and three on the second team. Mississippi Valley State and Southern University both have four players and Grambling State and Alabama A&M both placed three players on both teams. Prairie View A&M rounds out the group with one player receiving all-conference honors.


Forwards — Belinda Kanda, Sr., Alabama A&M; Ashley Baker, Fr., Grambling State; Naira Crimiel, Fr., Jackson State.

Midfielders — Rachel Sepeng, Sr., Alabama A&M; Elisa Milac, Fr., Jackson State; Mikael Mendez, So., Mississippi Valley State; Amanda Soto-Ortiz, So., Southern University.

Defense — Natasha Nzeakor, Sr., Grambling State; Ashley Bailey, Jr., Mississippi Valley State; Tiffany Cantu, So., Southern University

Goalie — Maria Del Guercio, Sr., Mississippi Valley State.


Forwards — Obafemi Alao, Sr., Grambling State; Zachene Crooks, Jr., Jackson State; Pella Hand, Jr., Mississippi Valley State.

Midfielders — Keona Collins, Sr., Grambling State; Germaine Tuckett, Sr., Jackson State; Brenda Castillo, Fr., Prairie View A&M; M Almarie Soto-Ortiz, Jr., Southern University.

Defense — LeTisha Davis, So., Alabama A&M; Rochelle Moncrieffe, Fr., Jackson State; Jamika Pugh, Jr., Southern University.


Freshman of the Year

Divinity Bradley, Southern University

Defensive Player of the Year

Britney Berry, Jackson State

Offensive Player of the Year

Naira Crimiel, Jackson State