Three Soccer Sophomores Named All-Americans
BATON ROUGE — Three LSU soccer players have been named All-Americans by Top Drawer Soccer as sophomores Michelle Makasini, Malorie Rutledge and Rachel Yepez earned honorable mention All-American honors by the organization Monday.
The trio was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Women’s College Team of the Season after leading the Tigers to their most successful season in program history in 2007.
The squad is set to compete in the NCAA Tournament for the first time after finishing the season with an 11-4-7 mark against one of the nation’s toughest schedules. The Tigers also captured their first SEC Western Division crown with a 5-2-4 mark in conference play.
Makasini and Rutledge were named Honorable Mention All-Americans after earning First-Team All-SEC honors a week ago as two of the league’s premier midfielders. In addition, Makasini received her second career All-America selection as she was named a Freshman All-American by Top Drawer Soccer a year ago.
Yepez earns her first career All-America honor after finishing the season as the team’s leading scorer with 14 goals and 30 points in 22 matches. The forward is LSU’s most prolific scorer in a single season since former Tiger Artie Brown scored 14 goals and 31 points in 2004.
The Tigers are set to square off against the Samford Bulldogs in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament on Friday at 6 p.m. CST in Tallahassee, Fla. The winner will face the winner of third-seeded Florida State and Kennesaw State on Sunday at noon at The Seminole Soccer Complex.