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Dec. 21, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina women’s soccer players Blakely Mattern and Mollie Patton became the first Gamecocks to be named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-Americans after the organization pegged Mattern as a first team selection and Patton as a third team selection.

The academic honor is yet another for Mattern in her final season at South Carolina after being named the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year and an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American first team selection. It is her fifth All-America honor this season – all first team honors – after also earning three All-America citations for her play on the pitch by the NSCAA, Soccer America and the Lowe’s Senior CLASS organization. It is the second academic honor this season for Patton and her first All-America honor after earning a selection to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team earlier this year.

To be eligible for Scholar All-America honors, student-athletes must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average throughout their career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member; and be a junior or above in academic standing at the current institution. Along with the All-America honors, both players were named Scholar All-Region with Mattern earning first team honors and Patton earning second team honors in the South region.

Mattern (Simpsonville, S.C./JL Mann HS) holds a 3.986 grade point average at South Carolina. The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalist is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and is currently pursuing a degree in international business with a focus on global supply chain. She was captain of a defense that led the SEC in every defensive category. She also contributed seven goals and an assist for 15 points and led the SEC in shot percentage with a .333 clip (min. 0.5 shots/game).

Patton (Milford, Ohio/Milford HS) holds a 3.82 grade point average in exercise science while in pharmacy school at South Carolina. She had a breakout junior season in goal and finished the year ranked third in the nation with 15 solo shutouts, third nationally with 19 wins and 10th nationally with a 0.516 goals against average. Patton currently holds the South Carolina single season (15) and career (22) shutout records after only 47 career games. This season, Patton set the SEC record for consecutive shutouts with seven straight after opening the year with a 771:38 shutout streak.

First Team
Pos., Name, Class, School, Hometown, Academic Major, GPA
K, Kelsey Davis, Sr., Portland, Thousand Oaks, Calif., Theology, 3.43
D, Whitney Engen*, Sr., North Carolina, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., Political Science, 3.48
D, Lauren Hyde*, Sr., Florida, Carmel, Ind., Sports Management, 3.60
D, Blakely Mattern, Sr., South Carolina, Simpsonville, S.C., International Business, 3.99
D, Ali Riley, Sr., Stanford, Pacific Palisades, Calif., Psychology, 3.82
D, Andrea Willis*, Sr., Brigham Young, Riverside, Calif., Exercise Science, 3.63
M, Becky Edwards*, Sr., Florida State, Downington, Pa., Marketing, 3.77
M, Michelle Enyeart*, Sr., Portland, Hemet, Calif., Sociology, 3.36
F, Lauren Fowlkes, Sr., Notre Dame, Lee’s Summit, Mo., Science-Business, 3.66
F, Kelley O’Hara, Sr. , Stanford, Fayetteville, Ga., Science, Technology & Society, 3.41
F, Christen Press, Jr., Stanford, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Communication, 3.63
F, Katie Schoepfer, Sr., Penn State, Waterford, Conn., Human Development, 3.38

Second Team
K, Ashlyn Harris, Sr., North Carolina, Satellite Beach, Fla., Communications, 3.48
K, Kira Maker, Jr., Stanford, Potomac, Md., Human Biology, 3.96
D, Jordan Angeli, Sr., Santa Clara, Lakewood, Colo., Marketing/Communication, 3.59
D, Kelsey Bakker, Jr., Memphis, Kennewick, Wash., Accounting, 3.92
D, Danielle Johnson, Sr., Mississippi, Baton Rouge, La., Management, 3.55
D, Michelle Moeller, Sr., Navy, Milford, Md., Oceanology, 3.54
M, Rachel Axon, Sr., Oregon State, London, Eng., Education/Exercise Science/Nutrition, 3.63
M, Kendra Chandhoke, Sr., Portland, Gresham, Ore., Life Science, 3.44
M, Rachel Shipley, Jr., Texas A&M, Plano, Texas, Finance, 3.69
M, Vendula Strnadova, Jr., Memphis, Las Cruces, N.M., Exercise & Sport Science, 3.98
M, Rebecca Thomas, Sr., Central Florida, Burlington, Wash., Education, 3.39
F, Kiki Bosio, Sr., Santa Clara, Mission Viejo, Calif., Business, 3.80
F, Corky Julien, Sr., James Madison, Williamstown, Ontario, , Education, 3.30

Third Team
K, Shaylin Mannino, Jr., Central Michigan, Grosse Ile, Mich. , Elementary Education, 3.89
K, Mollie Patton, Jr., South Carolina, Milford, Ohio, Pharmacy, 3.82
D, Elizabeth Harkin*, Sr., Arizona State, Granite Bay, Calif., Bioscience, 3.82
D, Lauren Lopez, Sr., North Carolina-Greensboro, Concord, N.C., Art, 3.94
D, Chelsea Potts, Sr., Louisiana State, Aurora, Ill., Business, 3.39
D, Crystal Wagner, Sr., Missouri, Houston, Mo., Psychology, 3.35
M, Emily Pallotta, Sr., Boston University, Andover, Mass., Business, 3.75
M, Teresa Rynier, Jr., James Madison, Leoloa, Pa., Education, 3.40
M, Kellie Walker, Sr., Western Kentucky, Novi, Mich., Elementary Education, 3.38
M, Tiffany Yovino, Jr., Hofstra, Holtsville, N.Y., History, 3.75
F, Becky Brown, Jr., Yale, Lawrenceville, N.J., Economics, 3.45
F, Theresa Ferraina, Sr., Loyola (Md.), Long Branch, N.J., Finance, 4.00
F, Christa Matlack, Jr., Bucknell, Williamsport, Pa., Biology, 3.52