Soccer Quartet Earns LSWA Postseason Awards

Marlena Cutura is the LSWA Freshman of the Year!
Marlena Cutura is the LSWA Freshman of the Year!
Steve Franz
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BATON ROUGE – Four members of the LSU Soccer program were honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association this weekend as senior Summer Clarke, juniors Jorian Baucom and Jordane Carvery and freshman Marlena Cutura picked up LSWA All-Louisiana selections with their performance throughout the 2016 season.

Clarke and Baucom earned LSWA First-Team All-Louisiana honors as two of the top collegians in the state, while Carvery received honorable mention honors and Cutura was voted as the LSWA Freshman of the Year as the state’s top rookie in her debut season with the Tigers this fall.

Clarke wrapped up her collegiate career as an All-Southeastern Conference performer for the third time after being named a second-team selection by the league’s head coaches in the wake of the 2016 season.

Clarke was LSU’s second-leading scorer this fall with three goals and three assists for nine points while playing mostly in the midfield in SEC play. Both of Clarke’s goals in the conference play were scored against nationally-ranked opposition at No. 2-ranked South Carolina on Sept. 22 and No. 11-ranked Auburn on Oct. 20. Clarke also scored the opening goal in LSU’s 2-1 win at reigning Big East Champion Butler on Sept. 4 before assisting two goals in a 4-0 home win against Lamar on Sept. 18 during the non-conference season.

One of the most decorated players in the program’s history, Clarke ranks among the Top 10 in school history in every major offensive category, including tied for sixth in goals scored with 27, seventh in points scored at 69 and 10th in total assists with 15. She started her 78th match in 78 career appearances for the Tigers against 20th-ranked Arkansas in their season finale on Oct. 27.

Baucom proved to be one of the NCAA’s elite strikers once again in 2016 as she scored a team-leading 10 goals in her 19 appearances to tie as the No. 6 goal scorer in the SEC. She scored a team-high four game-winning goals on the season to lead the Tigers to victory over Indiana and Butler in the non-conference season and Ole Miss and Mississippi State in SEC play.

A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, Baucom was selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s National Team of the Week on Sept. 6 after she scored two goals in a 3-0 win over Indiana and the game-winner in the 88th minute in a 2-1 win at reigning Big East Champion Butler while picking up Hoosier Challenge Cup All-Tournament Team honors.

Baucom then bagged five goals in a weekend sweep of Ole Miss and Lamar while again being named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s National Team of the Week. She scored twice in LSU’s 3-0 home shut out of Ole Miss before scoring her first career hat trick in a 4-0 win over Lamar.

A defensive standout for the Tigers once again in 2016, Carvery started all 19 matches this season and has now started all 61 games of her collegiate career. She scored her first career goal from a first-half corner kick in LSU’s 1-0 victory over College of Charleston on Aug. 21 to hand the Tigers their first win of the season. Carvery’s performance earned her a selection to the Charleston Classic at Patriots Point All-Tournament Team.

Like Baucom, Carvery was also named to the Hoosier Challenge Cup All-Tournament Team after helping lead the Tigers to a weekend sweep of Indiana and Butler during the non-conference season.

Cutura made an immediate impact for the Tigers as a 17-year-old freshman after graduating a year early from high school and joining the team during preseason camp. She started all 17 matches in which she played as a freshman as both a defensive midfielder and central defender in the LSU lineup. One of Cutura’s most notable performances in defense came against the nationally-ranked Florida Gators on Sept. 30 as she partnered with junior Debbie Hahn to hold All-American striker Savannah Jordan goalless on just two shots on target in 90 minutes of action.

Cutura also proved to be a lethal corner kick taker while serving up three assists from set pieces this season, including Carvery’s match-winner in a 1-0 win at College of Charleston. She also assisted Delaney Sheehan’s game-winner from a corner kick in LSU’s 1-0 win at Western Kentucky on Sept. 8. She missed two SEC matches late in the regular season due to a hamstring injury.

2016 LSWA All-Louisiana Women’s Soccer Teams

First Team
Name, School, Position, Class, Hometown
Jorian Baucom, LSU, Forward, Junior, Scottsdale, Arizona
Ashleigh Cade, Louisiana-Lafayette, Defender, Junior, Bonney Lake, Washington
Patry Carrion, Northwestern State, Defender, Senior, Cartegna, Spain
Rhiannon Castle, LSU-Alexandria, Forward, Junior, Newcastle, England
Summer Clarke, LSU, Forward, Senior, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Jess Coates, Nicholls State, Midfielder, Senior, Sydney, Australia
Gabi D’Alesandro, McNeese State, Defender, Sophomore, Flower Mound, Texas
Savannah LaRicci, McNeese State, Forward, Junior, Sugar Land, Texas
Alex Latham, Northwestern State, Goalkeeper, Junior, Bradenton, Florida
Yazmin Montoya, Louisiana-Lafayette, Midfielder, Senior, West Covina, California
Kathryn Sloan, Louisiana Tech, Forward, Senior, Kansas City, Missouri

Honorable Mention
Name, School, Position, Class, Hometown
Bettina Brulhart, McNeese State, Midfielder, Senior, Zurich, Switzerland
Jordane Carvery, LSU, Defender, Junior, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Kati-Jade Cunningham, Centenary, Forward, Sophomore, Stonewall, Louisiana
Esdeina Gonzalez, Northwestern State, Forward, Junior, Humble, Texas
Kristy Helmers, Nicholls State, Forward, Freshman, Greenway, Australia
Mackenzie Higgins, Louisiana-Lafayette, Forward, Senior, Commerce Township, Michigan
Nomvula Kgoale, Louisiana Tech, Defender, Junior, Polokwane, South Africa
Brook-Lynn Scroggins, Louisiana-Monroe, Goalkeeper, Sophomore, Wylie, Texas
April Trowbridge, Northwestern State, Forward, Sophomore, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

LSWA Player of the Year
Kathryn Sloan, Louisiana Tech

LSWA Freshman of the Year
Marlena Cutura, LSU

LSWA Newcomer of the Year
Rhiannon Castle, LSU-Alexandria

LSWA Co-Coaches of the Year
Kevin Sherry, Louisiana Tech
George Van Linder, Northwestern State

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