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Sept. 3, 2010

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By Miquel Jacobs
Media Relations Assistant

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Four South Carolina women’s soccer players were named in the TopDrawerSoccer SEC Players to Watch list with junior Kayla Grimsley and senior Brittiny Rhoades also regarded as two of the top 100 upperclassmen in the nation, the publication announced this week.

Grimsley, MAC Hermann Trophy Award and All-American candidate at forward, is regarded as the 26th-best player in the nation according to the comprehensive list that assesses all sophomores, juniors and seniors participating in NCAA Division I women’s soccer. Rhoades, a fourth-year starter at left back and a Preseason All-SEC selection, was selected as the 94th-best player in the nation.

In addition to the Top 100 list, TopDrawerSoccer also compiled its Top 20 Players To Watch list for each conference. Grimsley was rated No. 2 in the SEC Eastern Division and Rhoades was selected No. 8 in the SEC Eastern Division. Senior goalkeeper and Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate Mollie Patton was selected No. 14 in the SEC East while sophomore defender Dani Henry was chosen No. 18 in the SEC East. Henry, a top 150 recruit coming out of high school two years ago, is in her first season as a starter and has played every minute so far this season in the centerback spot vacated by the graduation of consensus All-American Blakely Mattern.

No. 19 South Carolina (3-1-0) returns to action Sunday afternoon against undefeated Arizona State (2-0-0). The game will kickoff at 1 p.m. as the third game of a six-match homestand for the Gamecocks.