Three soccer players named to Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference team

Three members of the Trojan soccer team were named to the Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference team.

Three members of the Trojan soccer team were named to the Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference team, while the soccer team was also picked to finish fourth in the conference standings. 

Due to their stellar seasons in 2017, senior forward Arola Aparicio Gili, senior defender Liesa Seifert and junior midfielder Doro Greulich earned recognition on the Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference team.

After finishing fourth in the Sun Belt conference last season, the Trojans picked up a conference tournament victory for the second consecutive season. Little Rock finished with a final record of 9-9-3 with a 4-4-2 record in conference play.

Little Rock finished with 82 points in the poll, 10 points behind third place Troy (92 points). South Alabama led the way with 117 points, followed by 2017 runner-up Texas State (97 points).

Aparicio Gili garnered First Team All-Sun Belt honors for the second consecutive season. The Spanish forward tallied three goals and two assists during her junior campaign. She was instrumental in the attack as she scored a crucial goal in the Trojans’ conference tournament win over Arkansas State.

Seifert earned Second Team All-Sun Belt honors in 2017 as she anchored the Trojan defensive back line. While the senior from Potsdam, Germany, was a force in the defense, she also managed two goals and one assist. This included a game-winning goal against UT-Rio Grande Valley.

Lastly, Greulich was a First Team All-Sun Belt selection in 2017 as well as a Second Team recipient in the season prior. The Potsdam, Germany, native led the Trojans in points (17) and goals (8). The midfielder recorded a hat trick against Murray State and added a brace against conference foe Georgia State. Greulich was named Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 24 for her performance against the Panthers. She tallied the most shots and shots on goal for the maroon and silver. Greulich appeared in all 21 games for Little Rock and started all but one.

The Trojans open their 2018 season on the road in Conway, when they take on Central Arkansas. The Bears posted a record of 11-10-0 last season with a 7-4-0 record in the Southland Conference.

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