Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—The United States Collegiate Athletic Association today announced its 2012 women's soccer All-American and All-Academic selections honoring ten Southern Virginia University Knights.
Lora Palmer (Alpine, Utah) headlined the Southern Virginia selections as the speedy forward earned USCAA First Team All-American honors after leading the Knights in goals (15), assists (4) and points (34) this season.
"This is a great honor for Lora and she's definitely deserving of it," said sixth-year Head Coach Matt Grawrock. "She worked hard all season and was a key factor in our team's success. Her speed and commitment to the team always put her in great positions to score and she never let us down."
Palmer's 15 single-season goals ranks fifth all-time in program history and the sophomore striker also finished with a team-leading 77.6 shot-on-goal percentage.
"Lora [Palmer] is so coachable," said Grawrock. "Despite scoring so much she always wanted to help others and create opportunities for her teammates to score."
Palmer was joined on the All-American team by fellow sophomore forward Jade Sorensen (Spring, Texas), who earned Second Team honors after netting 9 goals and dishing out 3 assists for 21 total points—second-most of any Knight behind only Palmer.
"Jade [Sorensen] had an outstanding second season," said Grawrock. "She played so many roles for us and has such a wonderful attitude. She just wanted to win and did whatever we asked to get the "W." She had great goals this season that always seemed timely."
Palmer and Sorensen also earned USCAA All-Academic honors, along with eight other Southern Virginia players—Jackie Barlow (Fruit Heights, Utah), Meghan Blackham (Las Vegas, Nev.), Randi Jones (Temonton, Utah), Britney Jones-Porter (Spanish Fork, Utah), Amber Key-Winsor (Flower Mound, Texas), Bryndel Kindred-Lytle (Tremonton, Utah), Makenzie Lundquist (Alpine, Utah) and Laura Schow (Plymouth, Utah).
"I am so proud of my team's accomplishments," said Grawrock. "To have a third of our team with a 3.5 GPA or higher is an amazing thing. I really believe that a huge part of our success this season is due to the fact that our players prioritize their time and efforts so effectively."
Women's soccer's ten All-Academic selections is the most of any single team in Southern Virginia history.