Soccer Freshmen Earn All-Region Honors

LSU's Summer Clarke
LSU's Summer Clarke
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BATON ROUGE – LSU Soccer’s standout freshmen Summer Clarke and Emma Fletcher continue to add to their list of accolades after helping lead the Tigers during their rookie seasons in 2013 as each has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-South Region Third Team that was announced Wednesday morning.

Their selection as all-region performers comes on the heels of a 2013 season in which they were also honored as Second-Team All-SEC performers and members of the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Clarke and Fletcher helped form the nucleus of LSU’s Class of 2013 that received consensus recognition as one of the Top 15 recruiting classes in the country heading into the season. Their talent has certainly been on display while leading a youthful Tiger squad into the top half of the SEC table in a tie for sixth place in the final league standings this season.

Clarke has emerged as one of the SEC’s top goal scorers in her debut season at LSU as she was the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals and three assists for 23 points through 20 matches this season. She scored a total of eight goals in SEC play to tie for the No. 3 spot in the SEC, including three multi-goal games with a hat trick at Arkansas on Oct. 4 and two goals each at Alabama on Oct. 6 and Texas A&M on Oct. 31.

A native of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, Clarke was honored as the SEC Offensive Player of the Week and National Player of the Week after scoring five of LSU’s eight goals in a weekend sweep at Arkansas and Alabama in early October, including both game-winners.

Fletcher has enjoyed a record-setting freshman season with the Tigers as one of the SEC’s top attacking midfielders while scoring one goal and serving up a team-leading 12 assists for 14 points on the year.

Fletcher’s 12 assists is a new LSU freshman record, breaking the school’s previous freshman mark of eight assists by now senior Addie Eggleston during her debut season in 2010. Fletcher is the SEC’s top assist maker in 2013 as her 12 assists in all games and eight assists in league play top the SEC scoring charts.

A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Fletcher earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks while scoring her first career goal in a 1-1 draw with Tennessee on Sept. 27 and assisting a game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime victory over Mississippi State on Sept. 29 before dishing out four assists in LSU’s weekend sweep at Arkansas and Alabama.

NSCAA All-South Region Teams

First Team
Position, Player, Class, School
GK, Sabrina D’Angelo, Jr., South Carolina
D, Jessica Oram, Sr., South Alabama
D, Meghan Streight, Jr., Texas A&M
D, Christen Westphal, So., Florida
M, Shea Groom, Jr., Texas A&M
M, Mandy McCalla, Sr., Ole Miss
M, Havana Solaun, Jr., Florida
F, Lauren Allison, Fr., South Alabama
F, Arin Gilliland, Jr., Kentucky
F, Savannah Jordan, Fr., Florida
F, Rafaelle Souza, Sr., Ole Miss

Second Team
Position, Player, Class, School
GK, Nora Abolins, Sr., Western Kentucky
D, Torri Allen, Sr., Georgia
D, Grace Howell-Harries, Jr., Louisiana-Lafayette
D, Taylor Leach, Jr., South Carolina
M, Kaysie Clark, Jr., Missouri
M, Ashleigh Ellenwood, Sr., Arkansas
M, Clarissa Hernandez, Sr., South Alabama
M, Chrissy Tchoula, Sr., Western Kentucky
F, Caroline Brown, Sr., Tennessee
F, Marion Crowder, Fr., Georgia
F, Iris Dunn, Fr., Western Kentucky

Third Team
Position, Player, Class, School
GK, Taylor Burke, Jr., Florida
D, Chandler Clark, So., Western Kentucky
D, Kala Faulkner, So., Auburn
D, Cara Ledman, So., Kentucky
M, Emma Fletcher, Fr., LSU
M, Necee Jennings, Fr., Troy
M, Stuart Pope, Jr., Kentucky
F, Danielle Au, Sr., South Carolina
F, Summer Clarke, Fr., LSU
F, Pia Rijsdijk, Jr., Alabama
F, Annika Schmidt, Fr., Louisiana-Lafayette





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