Guevara Rewriting the Record Books

The News Magazine of HCU

HBU senior goalkeeper Alanis Guevara started the 2018 season ranked in the top five of all six career goalkeeping categories maintained for the school’s women’s soccer program. By the beginning of October, she had assumed the top spot on three of those career records lists.

“Alanis has been able to make such an impact and break records due to her tireless work ethic and her extra training that she puts in with Coach (Chris) Dodd,” said HBU Head Women’s Coach Misty Jones. “Goalkeeper is such a specialized position that requires self-discipline, confidence and nerves of steel. Alanis embodies all of those qualities and so much more.”

The first record to fall was career saves. Guevara entered the season with 202 saves recorded in her first three seasons as a Husky – 23 behind Michelle Rich who played at HBU from 2007 through 2009. It took five matches for the senior to overtake Rich as the program’s new leader in saves with an eight-save performance on the road in a 2-1 loss at SMU on September 2, 2018.

By the time the Huskies were halfway through their Southland Conference schedule on October 1, Guevara’s career-save total stood at 270. Through 53 career games, she had recorded at least 10 saves in a game on four occasions with a career-high of 12.

Three weeks after breaking the save record, on September 21, she recorded her second-consecutive shutout and her third of the season at home in a 3-0 victory over visiting Stephen F. Austin. That shutout was the 13th of Guevara’s career and placed her alone in first on the program’s all-time shutouts list ahead of previous record-holder Shelby Horn. Horn totaled 12 shutouts between 2010 and 2013.

Then, just three games later, Guevara became the program’s all-time leader in wins with a four-save shutout on the road at Nicholls on October 1. To a casual observer just looking at a box score, that win at Nicholls might not stand out, but Guevara earned that win within 24 hours of a six-save performance the day prior at Southeastern Louisiana. The game at Nicholls was rescheduled due to a rainout of the regularly scheduled game on Friday, Sep. 28. The previous wins record of 24 also belonged to Rich.

So, for those of you counting at home, through 53 career games, Guevara became the program’s all-time leader in saves (270), shutouts (14) and wins (25). Additionally, her total of 5.09 saves per game ranks third in program history, her .801 save percentage ranks fifth and her 1.30 goals against average is sixth all-time.*

“Alanis has been a four-year impact player for us as well as a fantastic leader on and off, the field,” Jones added. “She has been a captain since the spring of her sophomore year. She’s well-liked and well-respected by her teammates. She leads vocally as well as through her actions, and she keeps her teammates accountable to do their jobs.  She has greatly impacted the soccer program here at HBU and we will be sad to see her go.”

*All statistics are through games ending Oct. 2, 2018. The 2018 HBU women’s soccer regular season schedule ends Oct. 26 with the Southland Conference tournament scheduled for Oct. 31 through Nov. 4.