Montes, Ladies Soccer Makes More History in All-Conference Awards
Sophomores Betza Bravo (left) and Kyra Montes (center), with senior Riley Spudic, left, were named All-Conference this week.
Montes, Ladies Soccer Makes More History in All-Conference Awards
Thursday, November 16, 2017

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – It continues to be a year of first for Centenary Ladies soccer.

Released this week, the Ladies placed a trio of players on the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer All-Conference teams for the second-straight season. Sophomore Kyra Montes, in her first year at Centenary, became the first Ladies soccer player to receive SCAC First Team All-Conference recognition.

Joining Montes on the All-Conference squad was senior Riley Spudic (Second Team) and sophomore Betza Bravo (Honorable Mention).

Despite only appearing in 14 games, Montes led the Maroon and White in goals (three), points (eight), game-winning goals (two), shots (34) and shots on target (18). Her first goal in a Ladies uniform came in overtime in a win against Southwestern September 17. She also netted a pair of attempts, including a penalty kick, in the 4-0 on senior day October 13.

“I'm thrilled to hear of Kyra's First Team All-Conference Selection! She is undoubtedly one of the best forwards in the SCAC and is more than deserving of the honor,” said head coach Greg Cathell. “She holds the ball well and creates scoring opportunities for herself, but her greatest trait is that she wants to generate opportunities for others just as much as herself. She's a blue collar player through-and-through and never stops competing.

“Kyra sets a very high standard for our program and we couldn't be more pleased for her and this amazing accomplishment,” added Cathell.

Spudic received her second All-Conference recognition in three seasons as a defender. She also scored her first goal since her sophomore season against Hendrix in her final regular season game on the Mayo Field pitch.

“Riley is without a doubt one of the best 1v1 defenders I've ever worked with,” explained coach Cathell. “She's not only an amazing defender, but was truly great getting into the attack for us. She created mismatches against our opposition with great fitness, willingness to get forward, and a shot that always made her a threat around the 18. She showcased day in and day out that she was a top defensive player in the SCAC and more than deserving of her All-Conference selection.

“As a graduating senior for us, Riley will surely be missed next year, but we know wholeheartedly that her best days are still to come,” added Cathell.

Finally, Bravo scored a pair of goals on the season for the Ladies. After Centenary trailed 1-0 at half in its home opener against Austin College, she scored the equalizer in the second in an eventual 2-1 win. Following the win against the ‘Roos, Bravo was named SCAC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week.

Bravo added a pair of assists and finished second on the team in both shots on goal (14) and points (six).

She also scored in the final home SCAC game of the season against Dallas on October 13.

“Betza is a consummate professional at everything she does. She has a team-first mentality that every player on our roster recognizes and respects,” explained coach Cathell. “Her game really grew this year with the awareness to make overlapping runs from the midfield that would unbalance our opposition, and also had an uncanny ability to come out of challenges with the ball. She's always looking to link up play, but isn't afraid to go at players and try to make things happen for us in the offensive third.

“Betza is a great player, but an even better person who is very deserving of her selection to the All-Conference team,” said Cathell.

The Ladies finished the season 4-12-3 and 3-7-2 in SCAC play, earning their highest regular season conference finish (fourth) and advanced to the semifinals of the SCAC Conference Tournament for the first time in program history.