Four Aggies Garner All-Southeast Region Honors

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies had four players earn United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region honors, the USC announced Tuesday.

Junior Ally Watt was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region First Team while seniors Emily Bates and Kendall Ritchie and sophomore Addie McCain earned distinction on the second team.

For Watt, this marks her second year picking up all-region first-team recognition, previously earning the honor in 2017. She led the SEC and ranked seventh in the nation with 15 goals on the season. Watt added three assists on the year to rank third in the league with 33 points. A two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week in 2018, she notched six game-winning goals and scored the first goal of the match on nine occasions, including a 100th minute goal in the regular-season finale at No. 17 South Carolina and the 109th minute in the NCAA Tournament first round victory against North Texas.

The Colorado Springs, Colo., native has 70 Aggie caps, including 59 starts. She has logged 71 points on 33 goals and five assists in her three seasons in Aggieland. The 33 goals rank 10th on A&M’s career list.

Bates played in 21 matches in 2018, including 20 starts. She finished the season with four goals, including one game-winner. The 2015 SEC All-Freshman and two-time SEC All-Tournament Team performer finished her career with 78 Aggie caps, including 73 starts. She finished with 53 points on 20 goals and 13 assists.

McCain appeared in 24 matches as a sophomore, including 21 starts. The midfielder earned All-SEC Second Team recognition with 14 points on six goals and two assists. She scored a pair of game-winners in 2018, against LSU and Auburn. For her career, McCain has 45 Aggie caps with 38 starts. The Wiley, Texas, native has 22 career points on seven goals and eight assists.

Ritchie, a two-time All-SEC Second Team performer, was one of two Aggies to play all 2,118 minutes in 2018. She starred on an Aggie backline that recorded 12 shutouts. Offensively, she led the team with seven assists and added three goals for 13 points on the season. Ritchie finished her career with 77 Aggie caps, including 64 starts. She registered 19 points on four goals and 11 assists.

The Aggies’ four honorees were tied with Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt for most in the region.

Texas A&M finished the 2018 campaign with a 17-5-1 record. The Aggies earned their 24th consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the 15th time.