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Nov. 18, 2010

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By Miquel Jacobs
Media Relations Assistant

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina senior defender Brittiny Rhoades and junior forward Kayla Grimsley were both named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season, the organization announced Thursday. Rhoades was a first team selection, and Grimsley was a second team selection for the Top Drawer Soccer equivalent to All-America honors.

South Carolina was one of only four teams with a player named to both the first and second team, matching the feat also accomplished by UCLA, Notre Dame and Auburn.

Rhoades’s selection to the first team makes her the first Gamecock in program history to be selected by the organization as one of the top 11 players in the nation. She was a First Team All-SEC and SEC All-Tournament Team selection as the leader of one of the top ranked defenses in the country. The Gamecock squad had a streak of 11 consecutive games in limiting opponents to four shots on goal or less, and finished the regular season as the SEC’s leader in every major defensive category including goals against average, shutouts, shots allowed and points allowed. On the offensive end, Rhoades scored her first career goal against LSU and finished the year with one goal and three assists for five points. She ends her career No. 3 in the SEC record books for career matches played at 95.

Grimsley’s selection comes one year after being named an honorable mention by the organization. The MAC Hermann Trophy Award candidate put together one of the finest individual seasons in Gamecock history and was rewarded by being named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Grimsley led the league in goals, points and game-winning goals with a stat line of 12 goals, 10 assists and 34 points. She tied the South Carolina single-season record for points and also set the junior class records for goals, assists, points and game-winning goals. Grimsley’s year saw her earn First Team All-SEC honors, SEC All-Tournament team honors and she was also named the National Player of the Week earlier in the season.