BATON ROUGE – With the release of Soccer America’s postseason awards on Thursday, LSU’s dynamic duo of striker Summer Clarke and midfielder Emma Fletcher were each named to the publications All-Freshman Second Team while being chosen among the top 22 rookies nationally during the 2013 collegiate season.
It marks the second time that both Clarke and Fletcher have been honored among the nation’s top freshmen this postseason after also being named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Freshman Best XI teams last month with Fletcher receiving first-team and Clarke receiving second-team recognition.
Each has been named to the Soccer America All-Freshman Second Team for 2013 after leading the LSU attack as two of the top young talents in the SEC and NCAA this past season.
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 2013 season. Their talent was certainly 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 emerged as one of the SEC’s top goal scorers in her debut season at LSU as she was LSU’s top scorer with 10 goals and three assists for 23 points for 20 matches this season. She scored a total of eight goals in SEC play to tie for the No. 3 spot in the SEC, which includes 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 TopDrawerSoccer.com 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 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 was the SEC’s top assist maker in 2013 as her 12 assists in all games and eight assists in league play topped the SEC scoring charts. She is also tied for the No. 11 spot in the NCAA rankings with 12 assists on the season.
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.
Both Clarke and Fletcher were joined by fellow freshman defender Megan Lee as Second-Team All-SEC selections during the 2013 season, marking the first time in conference history for three freshmen from one club to be named to the All-SEC team in the same season.
2013 Soccer America’s NCAA Women’s All-Freshman Teams
Position, Player, School
GK, Morgan Stearns, Virginia
D, Maddie Bauer, Stanford
D, Kadeisha Buchanan, West Virginia
D, Mandy Freeman, Southern California
M, Morgan Andrews, Notre Dame
M, Nickolette Driesse, Florida State
M, Rose Lavelle, Wisconsin
F, Darian Jenkins, UCLA
F, Jaycie Johnson, Nebraska
F, Savannah Jordan, Florida
F, Margaret Purce, Harvard
Position, Player, School
GK, Kailen Sheridan, Clemson
D, Christina Gibbons, Duke
M, Emma Fletcher, LSU
M, Ashley Lawrence, West Virginia
M, Allison Wetherington, Portland
F, Summer Clarke, LSU
F, Liz Keester, Texas A&M
F, Madisson Lewis, Michigan
F, Toni Payne, Duke
F, Lena Petermann, Central Florida
F, Murielle Tiernan, Virginia Tech