BATON ROUGE – Canadian international Summer Clarke is certainly one of the top offensive talents to join the NCAA Division I ranks for the 2013 season after she was among the 11 rookies nationwide named to the Preseason All-Freshman Team announced Tuesday morning by the editorial staff at http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/.
Clarke is part of one of the nation’s premier recruiting classes for the Class of 2013 as she will report to campus with the rest of her future teammates on Tuesday, Aug. 6, for the start of preseason training.
The Tigers landed the SEC’s No. 1-ranked class and the No. 14-ranked class in the NCAA for 2013 as Clarke signed her National Letter of Intent in February along with attacking midfielder Emma Fletcher (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), left back Megan Lee (Massey, Auckland, New Zealand) and center back Rebecca Pongetti (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada).
The Tigers have also welcomed the addition of junior transfer and Natalia Gomez-Junco (Monterrey, Mexico) following a successful two seasons in the attacking midfield role with the University of Memphis.
“During the evaluation process, our staff rated Summer the top striker in North America for the Class of 2013. We also feel the same about the potential impact of Emma, Megan and Rebecca in each of their positions,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “We look forward to helping them assimilate to the college game, and are confident that as individuals and as a group they will have an exciting four years in our program.”
Clarke, who most recently led the Vancouver Whitecaps Girls Elite Team to the Gothia Cup title in the Under-19 division on July 20 in Gothenburg, Sweden, has developed into one of the world’s most feared strikers at the youth level with her experience in the Canadian Women’s National Team system at the Under-17 and Under-20 levels.
A native of Richmond, British Columbia, Clarke was the leading scorer for the U-17 Canadian Women’s National Team during the 2012 season, which included setting a national record with six goals with her effort at the 2012 Confederation of North, Central American & Caribbean Association Football Women’s Under-17 Championships en route to Canada’s berth in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
Clarke cracked Canada’s starting 11 in three of four matches played during the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan a year ago, even scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 shutout of Columbia in group play.
TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason All-Freshman Team
Position, Player, School
GK, Kailen Sheridan, Clemson
D, Stephanie Amack, Stanford
D, Brittany Basinger, Penn State
D, Claire Wagner, Clemson
M, Morgan Andrews, Notre Dame
M, Rose Lavelle, Wisconsin
M, Toni Payne, Duke
M, Margaret Purce, Harvard
F, Summer Clarke, LSU
F, Danica Evans, Portland
F, Anna McClung, Florida State