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Oct. 30, 2008

South Carolina vs. #7 Florida | Thursday, 8 p.m.
Fox Soccer Channel (ch. 149)
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina junior Blakely Mattern earned her second consecutive CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District (III) First Team honor and redshirt sophomore Mollie Patton was named to the Third Team as announced by the organization Thursday (Oct. 30). Mattern will now be considered for Academic All-America honors, which will be announced in late November.

To be eligible for Academic All-District honors, student-athletes must hold at least a 3.3 grade point average and be a sophomore in academic and athletic standing. South Carolina has had a student-athlete named to the Academic All-District First Team every season since 2004.

Mattern (Simpsonville, S.C./JL Mann HS) has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average while at South Carolina. She is a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and is currently pursuing a degree in business administration with a focus in international business. A team captain that has played every minute for the Gamecocks this season, Mattern became the first All-American in program history last season when she was named to the Soccer Buzz team following a strong season that saw her become the first sophomore in conference history to earn SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors. She is a two-time postseason and preseason All-SEC honoree and has led the team to eight shutouts this season, tied for first in the conference. Carolina’s 29 shutouts since 2006 are the second-most achieved of all conference teams.

Patton (Milford, Ohio/Milford HS) has been strong for South Carolina in her first season in goal. She has already tied the Carolina record for single-season shutouts with seven solo shutouts on the year. She currently holds a 0.80 goals against average – third best in the conference – and was named to the Carolina’s Cup All-Tournament team this year. Patton began her season and career with a 434:23 shutout streak and made a career-high eight saves in a draw against then-No. 7 Florida State. Opponents this season are 0-for-2 against her in penalty kick opportunities (Georgia and Kentucky). Patton is pursuing a degree in exercise science and has been on the dean’s list every semester at South Carolina.