Seven Knights Receive USCAA Honors in Soccer

Senior midfielder Melanee Guymon earned four USCAA all-American selections during her career at Southern Virginia. Photo by Justo Photography.

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—The United States Collegiate Athletic Association today announced its men's and women's soccer all-American and all-academic selections for the 2011 seasons honoring five members of the Southern Virginia University women's soccer team and two members of the men's soccer team.

Senior forward Melanee Guymon (Chico, Calif.) headlined the Southern Virginia selections earning all-American honors for the fourth consecutive season. Guymon, who led the Knights with six goals this season, scored 26 goals in 67 games during her four-year career at Southern Virginia and ranks sixth on the women's soccer all-time assists list with 16 career assists.

As a freshman in 2008, Guymon was a part of women's soccer's last national championship team earning 2008 USCAA National Tournament MVP honors in the process. Last season, she helped lead the Knights to an 11-6 record and third place finish at the 2010 national tournament.

Guymon was accompanied by teammate Bryndel Kindred (Treemonton, Utah) on the all-American selections list as the sophomore was named an honorable mention all-American after recording one goal and two assists in 16 matches this season. Kindred led Southern Virginia last season in goals (8) and total points (17) earning all-American and NAIA All-Independent Second Team honors as a freshman.

Kindred was also named to the USCAA's all-academic team along with four of her teammates—sophomore midfielder Jackie Barlow (Fruit Heights, Utah), sophomore midfielder Meghan Blackham (Las Vegas, Nev.) and junior midfielder Amber Key (Flower Mound, Texas) and Laura Schow (Plymouth, Utah).

Men's soccer also had two of its scholar-athletes named to the USCAA all-academic team—junior midfielder Ryan Foster and junior midfielder Branden Seeberger.

Seeberger and Foster helped men's soccer record its most wins (9-6-2) since 2003, but despite a solid season, the Knights did not receive a bid to the 2011 national tournament.