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2016 SEC Soccer awards announced

903 days ago
SEC Staff
Photo: Gamecock Athletics

Birmingham, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference unveiled its soccer coaches' postseason awards Sunday to cap off another exciting season of SEC soccer.

South Carolina's Shelley Smith earned SEC Coach of the Year honors while Auburn senior midfielder Casie Ramsier was named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. South Carolina's Savannah McCaskill was selected as the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and South Carolina senior defender Kaleigh Kurtz was tabbed SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Missouri's Sarah Luebbert garnered SEC Freshman of the Year honors.

It is the third SEC Coach of the Year honor for Smith, who led the Gamecocks to their second regular season SEC championship with an 11-0-0 record. South Carolina's overall .972 winning percentage (17-0-1) is the best in the nation. The Gamecocks are only team in the nation without a loss on the season and are the first team since Florida in 2011 to finish league play unbeaten and untied.

Ramsier, who has a 3.92 grade point average while working on a master's degree in Accountancy, already has bachelor's degrees in both Accounting and Finance. She ranks tied for first in program history in game-winning goals (11), third in career goals (32), and fifth in points (79).

McCaskill becomes the second South Carolina player to win SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors, joining Kayla Grimsley (2010 & 2011). The junior from Chapin, S.C., leads the SEC with 14 goals and with 36 points.

Kurtz, a native of Greer, S.C., anchored a stingy South Carolina defense that allowed just seven goals on the season. The Gamecock defense ranks fifth nationally with a .038 goals against average.

Luebbert earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors after scoring 10 goals in 16 games this season. The Jefferson City, Mo., product ranks tied for second on Mizzou's all-time freshman goals and points lists.

2016 SEC Soccer Awards

Coach of the Year: Shelley Smith, South Carolina
Offensive Player of the Year: Savannah McCaskill, South Carolina
Defensive Player of the Year: Kaleigh Kurtz, South Carolina
Freshman of the Year: Sarah Luebbert, Missouri
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Casie Ramsier, Auburn

First Team All-SEC:

  • Forward: Kristen Dodson, Auburn
  • Forward: Savannah Jordan, Florida
  • Forward: Savannah McCaskill, South Carolina
  • Forward: Hannah Wilkinson, Tennessee
  • Midfielder: Claire Kelley, Arkansas
  • Midfielder: Casie Ramsier, Auburn
  • Midfielder: Meggie Dougherty Howard, Florida
  • Midfielder: Chelsea Drennan, South Carolina
  • Defender: Kiana Clarke, Auburn
  • Defender: Gabby Seiler, Florida
  • Defender: Paige Bendell, South Carolina
  • Defender: Kaleigh Kurtz, South Carolina
  • Goalkeeper: Mikayla Krzeczowski, South Carolina
  • At-Large: Marion Crowder, Georgia
  • At-Large: Melanie Donaldson, Missouri

Second Team All-SEC:

  • Forward: Mallory Eubanks, Mississippi State
  • Forward: Sarah Luebbert, Missouri
  • Forward: Sophie Groff, South Carolina
  • Forward: Haley Pounds, Texas A&M
  • Midfielder: Brooke Ramsier, Auburn
  • Midfielder: Summer Clarke, LSU
  • Midfielder: Gretchen Harknett, Ole Miss
  • Midfielder: Kaitlyn Clark, Missouri
  • Midfielder: Rylie O'Keefe, Tennessee
  • Defender: Jessi Hartzler, Arkansas
  • Defender: Qyara Winston, Arkansas
  • Defender: Caroline Waters, Georgia
  • Defender: Lauren Selaiden, Missouri
  • Goalkeeper: Sarah Le Beau, Auburn
  • Goalkeeper: Danielle Rice, Texas A&M
  • At-Large: Kristen Cardano, Florida
  • At-Large: Cristina DeZeeuw, Vanderbilt

All-Freshman Team:

  • Stefani Doyle, Arkansas
  • Kayla McKeon, Arkansas
  • Bri Folds, Auburn
  • Karli Gutsche, Auburn
  • Julia Lester, Florida
  • Marissa Bosco, Kentucky
  • Evangeline Soucie, Kentucky
  • Sarah Luebbert, Missouri
  • Mikayla Krzeczowski, South Carolina
  • Maya Neal, Tennessee
  • Grace Piper, Texas A&M
  • Grace Jackson, Vanderbilt