KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Dec. 5, 2018) – United Soccer Coaches announced on Wednesday the association’s 2018 NAIA Men’s and Women’s All-America Teams.

Among the 44 total players (22 men, 22 women) on this year’s All-America Teams are two players who are earning their second All-America honor, two who are earning the third award of their careers and one, Spring Arbor senior midfielder Bethany Balcer, who becomes a four-time All-American.

All players honored by United Soccer Coaches as NAIA All-Americans will be recognized for their accomplishments at the All-America Ceremony & Reception on Jan. 12, 2019 at McCormick Place West in Chicago in conjunction with the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Convention.

In addition to today’s All-America Teams announcement, the 2018 United Soccer Coaches NAIA Men’s and Women’s All-Region Teams have been posted in the “Awards Central” section of UnitedSoccerCoaches.org.


2018 United Soccer Coaches NAIA Men’s All-America Teams

First Team

Pos. Name Class School Hometown
K Vince Gelei Jr. Central Methodist University Dunakeszi, Hungary
D Wilfried Nyamsi Sr. Central Methodist University Paris, France
D Andrew White Sr. Georgia Gwinnett College Coundon, England
D Mitchell Osmond Sr. University of Rio Grande Sydney, Australia
M Stefan Lukic So. Oklahoma Wesleyan University Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia
M Adrian Gutierrez* Sr. Central Methodist University Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
M Joaquin Ruiz Cabello Sr. William Carey University Malaga, Spain
F Nicolas Cam Orellano Fr. University of Rio Grande Santiago, Chile
F Daniel Hernandez Fr. Central Methodist University Bogota, Columbia
F Yuri Farkas Jr. Madonna University Sao Paulo, Brazil
F Stefan Cvetanovic Fr. Oklahoma Wesleyan University Belgrade, Serbia


Second Team

Pos. First Class School Hometown
K Josh Carpenter Sr. William Carey University Leicester, England
D Julio Belo So. Oklahoma Wesleyan University Belo Horizante, Brazil
D James Williamson Jr. University of Rio Grande San Jose, Costa Rica
D Santiago Sierra Sr. Central Methodist University Bogota, Columbia
D Alex Cordon Jr. Missouri Valley College Mataro, Spain
M Michael Conejero Sr. William Carey University Banos de la Encina, Spain
M Vernon Dominic Newton Jr. Missouri Valley College Manchester, England
M Benji Tembo Sr. The Master’s University Lilongwe, Malawi
M Toni Tiente So. Georgia Gwinnett College Paris, France
F Lucas Jacobs Fr. Baker University Breda, Netherlands
F Daniel Whitehall** Sr. Hastings College Warrington, England

2018 United Soccer Coaches NAIA Women’s All-America Teams

First Team

Pos. Name Class School Hometown
K Rachel Thigpen So. Midland University Santee, Calif.
D April Stewart Sr. William Carey University Pascagoula, Miss.
D Tova Nilsson Jr. Keiser University Veberod, Sweden
D Molly Schmidt Sr. Benedictine College Overland Park, Kan.
D Alaina Melanson So. Midland University Santee, Calif.
M Bethany Balcer*** Sr. Spring Arbor University Hudsonville, Mich.
M Ana Paula Santos So. William Carey University Sao Paulo, Brazil
M Aisha Solorzano So. Southeastern University Guatemala City, Guatemala
F Millene Cabral** Sr. Martin Methodist College Porto Alegre, Brazil
F Uchenna Kanu* Jr. Southeastern University Abia, Nigeria
F Matilda Ovenberger Fr Keiser University Sodra Sanby, Sweden


Second Team

Pos. First Class School Hometown
K Nina Haeberlin Jr. Keiser University Krefeld, Germany
D Myranda Baca Jr. Vanguard University Anaheim, Calif.
D Lauren Orr Sr. Spring Arbor University Hudsonville, Mich.
D Isama Duran Sr. Southeastern University Homestead, Fla.
D Sanna Svensson Sr. Lindsey Wilson College Eslov, Sweden
M Maxi Krug So. Keiser University Thuringia, Germany
M Filippa Millqvist Jr. Keiser University Malmo, Sweden
M Veronica Kurtz Sr. Lindsey Wilson College Asuncion, Paraguay
F Nicole Kelly Jr. Benedictine College Prior Lake, Minn.
F Emily Ambuul Jr. Benedictine College Colorado Springs, Colo.
F Shantell Thompson Sr. William Carey University St. Catherine, Jamaica

* Asterisks indicate number of previous All-America selections