ALABAMA A&M’S MEDINA NAMED SWAC PRESEASON GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR; FIRST IN PROGRAM HISTORY

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Prior to the 2021 sea- son, the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), has announced their preseason honors with Alabama A&M women’s soccer earn- ing three selections including senior Jodi Medina (Coral Springs, Fla.) being named Goal- keeper of the Year as announced by the league on Wednesday, August 11.

Additionally, she was named First Team All- SWAC alongside junior forward Makayla Rushing (Red Oak, Texas) along with junior forward Jameela Barrett (London, England) on the Second-Team.

Since establishing the award in 2015 this marks the first time in program history that Alabama A&M has earned a Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year honor.

Following a year in which she earned second team honors, Medina is expected to surpass that accomplishment based upon her preseason recognitions.

In Spring 2021 she recorded a goals against average of 0.86, save percent- age of .851, 40 saves and four shutouts in 730:07 minutes.

In eight games she produced a league-high four shutouts and led the (SWAC) in save percentage and was second in GAA. The latter came in eight games while the league- leader played five games by comparison.

Three of those four shutouts would come when she could not afford to make a mistake – in three consecutive 1-0 victories from March 19-28. That was part of a stretch where she and her defense did not allow a score for 377 minutes. On top of that her four shutouts were twice that of any other player during the Spring 2021 season. Medina was also twice named SWAC Goalkeeper of the Week, earning those honors on March 13 and March 31.