April 21, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gamecock women’s soccer was recognized at the State House this week when the South Carolina House of Representatives presented the team with a house resolution in honor of the program’s 2016 SEC Regular-Season Title. The Gamecocks received the accolade on the House floor, where several state representatives awarded the group with the resolution.
“We were truly honored to be recognized by the South Carolina House of Representatives,” Carolina women’s soccer coach Shelley Smith said. “It was a special experience for our players and coaching staff. We are glad we could bring another championship to this state.”
Thursday’s ceremony capped off a week of celebration for Carolina, which received three major awards at Monday’s Gamecock Gala. Senior midfielder Chelsea Drennan was tabbed the SEC McWhorter Scholar and named the recipient of the 2017 President’s Award, the night’s most prestigious honor. Drennan, who also earned Team MVP laurels, ended her four-year career at Carolina as the program’s all-time leader in assists (40).
Goalkeeper Mikayla Krzeczowski was also recognized Monday, as the rising sophomore shared the Female New Student-Athlete of the Year Award with women’s basketball’s Tyasha Harris. Krzeczowski turned in a historic freshman campaign for the Gamecocks in 2016, posting a program-record 0.43 goals against average to go with an SEC-leading 11 shutouts.
The Gamecocks enjoyed the finest season in school history this past fall after boasting single-year program records for wins (21) and victories over ranked opponents (5). Carolina, which didn’t trail at all in conference play, posted an 11-0 mark in league action en route to the regular-season championship. The Gamecocks finished the regular season 17-0-1 and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight after grabbing the first NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed in school history.