Position
Midfielder
Height
5'3
Class
Freshman
Hometown
Norcross, Ga.
High School
Norcross HS

2009 Second-Team All-SEC
2009 SEC All-Tournament Team
2009 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 5)
2009 NSCAA/adidas First-Team All-South Region
2009 LSWA First-Team All-Louisiana
2008 Second-Team All-SEC
2008 NSCAA/adidas Second-Team All-Central Region
2008 Soccer Buzz Second-Team All-Central Region
2008 TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s College Team of the Week (Nov. 3)
2008 LSWA First-Team All-Louisiana
2007 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2005 Second-Team All-SEC
2005 SEC All-Freshman Team
2005 SEC Freshman of the Week (Oct. 31)
2005 Soccer Buzz Central Region All-Freshman Team
2005 Louisiana Player of the Year
2005 LSWA First-Team All-Louisiana

CAREER
One of the most decorated players in the history of the LSU soccer program … Was a three-time Second-Team All-SEC selection during her five-year career from 2005-09 … Earned all-conference honors in 2005, 2008 and 2009 … Also a three-time all-region performer during her career, including all-freshman honors in 2005, second-team honors in 2008 and first-team honors in 2009 … A member of the most successful senior class in the history of the LSU soccer program … Helped guide the Tigers to three SEC Western Division championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007, 2008 and 2009 … Played in more games than any player in the history of the LSU soccer program … Made 91 career appearances with 88 career starts … Started the second-most games in team history … Scored 25 goals and 20 assists for a total of 70 points during her collegiate career … Left the program ranked No. 3 in career assists, No. 5 in career points and tied for No. 7 in career goals scored … Her nine career game-winning goals ranks in a tie for the No. 3 spot on LSU’s all-time list … Also attempted 213 shots with 91 shots on goal during her brilliant career … Ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in both shot categories … Earned four letters with the Tigers.

SENIOR SEASON (2009)
Enjoyed her most prolific season in an LSU uniform … Saw action in 23 matches with 21 starts in 2009 … Doubled her previous career high with 12 goals on the season … Recorded a total of five assists for a career-high 29 points on the year … Also set new career highs with 68 shots, 35 shots on goal and four game-winning goals … Finished her senior season as the team’s second-leading scorer … Tallied three goals and two assists for eight points in SEC play … Scored game-winning goals against Southern Miss on Aug. 28, South Florida on Sept. 6, South Carolina on Oct. 25 and Vanderbilt on Nov. 4 … Also assisted on Carlie Banks’ game-winning goal against Alabama on Oct. 2 … Was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 5 after scoring goals in back-to-back wins against Alabama and Auburn … Set new career highs for a single game with six shots and four shots on goal in win over Mississippi State on Oct. 18 … Earned a selection to the SEC All-Tournament Team after leading the Tigers to the SEC Tournament final for the first time in program history … Scored three goals in the SEC Tournament, including a pair of goals in LSU’s 4-2 defeat of Vanderbilt in the first round and the team’s only goal in a 1-1 draw with South Carolina in the final … Was selected as a Second-Team All-SEC performer for the third time in her career in a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches … Also picked up NSCAA/adidas First-Team All-South Region and Louisiana Sports Writers Association First-Team All-Louisiana honors for her performance in 2009 … Provided a spark that helped lead the Tigers to their third-straight SEC West crown and third-straight NCAA Tournament selection … Earned her fourth varsity letter.

JUNIOR SEASON (2008)
Played at full strength for the first time since her true freshman season … Showed the form that earned her all-conference honors in 2005 … Was named a Second-Team All-SEC performer for the second time in her career … Also earned a second-team selection to the NSCAA/adidas All-Central Region Team following the 2008 season … A leader of arguably the most dynamic midfield unit in the SEC in 2008 … An attacking midfielder who scored six goals and six assists for 18 points … Was the team’s second-leading scorer in conference action as she scored four goals and four assists for 12 points in 11 SEC games … Scored the game-winning goal in LSU’s SEC West clinching victory over Arkansas on Oct. 31 … Scored two goals just 38 seconds apart against Arkansas, which is the fastest two goals scored by one player in the history of the LSU soccer program … Also scored the game-winning goal against 18th-ranked BYU on Aug. 25 … Assisted on Malorie Rutledge’s game-winning goal just 24 seconds into the first overtime in a 2-1 victory over Auburn on Oct. 10 … Also assisted on Roslyn Jones’ game-tying goal against Tennessee in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament on Nov. 7 to lead the Tigers to a 1-1 draw … Was a catalyst in LSU’s record-setting No. 2 finish in the overall SEC standings with a school-record 7-3-1 mark and 22 points in league play … Also helped lead the Tigers to their second-straight SEC Western Division championship and second-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament … Earned her third varsity letter.

REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007)
Bounced back from a severe knee injury that ended her 2006 season to help lead the Tigers’ offensive attack in 2007 … Saw action in all 24 matches with 22 starts playing primarily as a wing midfielder … Also played as a center midfielder and along the Tigers’ front line in 2007 … Finished the season with four goals and two assists for 10 points … Scored game-winning goals against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 2 and Miami on Sept. 8 … Also scored goals against Southern Miss on Aug. 31 and College of Charleston on Sept. 21 … Assisted on Rachel Yepez’s game-winning goal against College of Charleston … Also recorded an assist in LSU’s 1-1 draw with SEC West rival Ole Miss on Sept. 30 … Finished the season with 45 total shots and 16 shots on goal … Helped lead the Tigers to their first ever SEC Western Division championship and berth into the NCAA Tournament … Was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the first time in her career … Earned her second varsity letter.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006)
Saw a promising sophomore season cut short when she tore the lateral collateral ligament in her right knee late in the second half against Villanova on Sept. 10 … Underwent surgery in late September to repair both the LCL and medial meniscus in the knee … Was awarded a medical redshirt and preserved her sophomore season of eligibility … Started all six matches in which she appeared playing primarily as a midfielder … Scored a pair of goals and recorded two assists in LSU’s 6-1 win over Houston on Sept. 3 … Her effort against the Cougars was the first multi-goal game of her LSU career … Was the Tigers’ second-leading scorer at the time of her injury with two goals and three assists for seven points … Attempted 17 shots with eight shots on goal on the season.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2005)
Displayed her potential in after being named a Soccer Buzz Top 50 Recruit as a senior in high school … One of the most decorated freshmen in program history … Earned Second-Team All-SEC recognition and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team … Named Louisiana Collegiate Player of the Year and First-Team All-Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association … Started 19 games as a midfielder in 2005 … Scored the game-winning goal and recorded an assist in the Tigers’ 4-3 victory over Arkansas on Oct. 28 to clinch LSU’s first SEC Tournament appearance since 2002 … Was named SEC Freshman of the Week for her performance against Arkansas … Finished the season with one goal and four assists for a total of six points … Second on the team in assists behind Caroline Vanderpool … Led the team with 37 total shots, including 10 shots on goal … Earned first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
Put together an impressive resume as a member of the U-16 U.S. National Team in 2004 … Was named a U.S. Youth All-American in 2003-04 and earned the distinction of being a Soccer Buzz Top 50 Recruit as a senior at Norcross High School … A member of the Region III and Georgia State Olympic Developmental Program Teams … Earned numerous awards in high school, including the District 6-5A MVP in 2005 … Was named Team MVP and Team Offensive MVP in 2004-05.

PERSONAL
Full name is Melissa Nicole Clarke … Born on Aug. 17, 1987 … Parents are Rudy and Bredget Clarke … Has a younger sister named Natalie … Also has a younger brother named Arthur … Father played soccer professionally in England for Leeds United, as well as in Peru and the United States … Graduated from Norcross High School with a 4.0 GPA … Majored in advertising.

 

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