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Soccer Lands Four on All-Region Teams

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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Soccer Lands Four on All-Region Teams

BATON ROUGE — In the wake of its third-straight SEC Western Division championship and third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the LSU soccer program received four selections to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-South Region teams announced Saturday.

Senior midfielders Melissa Clarke and Malorie Rutledge led the way with two first-team selections, while senior defender Chelsea Potts picked up second-team honors and sophomore defender Allysha Chapman received third-team honors for their outstanding performance in 2009.

This marks just the second time in team history that four Tigers have earned NSCAA All-Region honors, matching the team’s four selections following the 2007 season.

The quartet helped lead the Tigers to a school record 15 victories in 2009 as the squad finished the season with a 15-4-5 overall record and a school record 8-2-1 mark and 25 points in SEC play.

Rutledge wraps up her collegiate career as the most decorated player to ever wear the LSU uniform with a second-straight SEC Offensive Player of the Year honor and third-straight First-Team All-SEC selection already to her credit this fall. This is also the third consecutive season in which she has received first-team all-region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

A native of Sharpsburg, Ga., Rutledge has proven to be one of the more feared attackers in college soccer throughout her collegiate career, and 2009 was no different as she finished the season with a career high 13 goals and 12 assists for a career high 38 points in 24 starts for the Tigers.

Clarke was also a force to be reckoned with in the attack as she finished the season with 12 goals and five assists for a career high 29 points en route to her third career Second-Team All-SEC selection.

A native of Norcross, Ga., Clarke has earned NSCAA First-Team All-Region honors for the first time for her career following a second-team all-region selection a season ago. Clarke is also a strong candidate for her first career All-America selection as one of the more creative attacking midfielders in college soccer.

Both Potts and Chapman have anchored LSU’s defense all season long as the Tigers finished the year No. 3 in the SEC with a 0.71 goals against average and No. 4 in the SEC with just 18 goals allowed. Potts has earned all-region honors from the NSCAA for the second time in her career as she was also a third-team selection in 2007, while Chapman just wrapped up her first season with the program.

With their selection to the first team, both Clarke and Rutledge are eligible to receive All-America honors from the NSCAA as postseason awards will be announced in the coming weeks.

2009 NSCAA All-South Region Teams

First Team
GK, Katie Fraine, Jr., Florida
D, Laura Eddy, Fr., Georgia
D, Lauren Hyde, Sr., Florida
D, Blakely Mattern, Sr., South Carolina
M, Melissa Clarke, Sr., LSU
M, Katie Frierson, So., Auburn
M, Danielle Johnson, Sr., Ole Miss
M, Malorie Rutledge, Sr., LSU
F, Kayla Grimsley, So., South Carolina
F, Carrie Patterson, Sr., Georgia
F, Hannah Weatherly, Sr., Ole Miss

Second Team
GK, Mollie Patton, Jr., South Carolina
D, Samantha Diaz-Matosas, Sr., South Carolina
D, Chelsea Potts, Sr., LSU
D, Katrina Rose, So., Florida International
M, Mick Imgram, Sr., Tennessee
M, Molly Kinsella, Jr., Vanderbilt
M, Kim Miller, Sr., South Carolina
M, Kellie Suzanne Walker, Sr., Western Kentucky
F, Mallory Outerbridge, So., Western Kentucky
F, Lindsay Thompson, So., Florida
F, Christina Veasley, So., Arkansas-Little Rock

Third Team
GK, Libby Stout, So., Western Kentucky
D, Allysha Chapman, So., LSU
D, Megan Forester, Sr., Vanderbilt
D, Rachel Ann Friedman, Sr., Western Kentucky
M, Amy Jackson, Sr., Florida International
M, Vanessa Mueggler, Jr., Middle Tennessee State
M, Jami Pollock, So., Georgia
M, Erika Tymrak, Fr., Florida
F, Becca Howell, Sr., Auburn
F, Shan Jones, So., Middle Tennessee State
F, Kaylyn Pratt, So., Western Kentucky