Gamecocks Hand Out Annual Team Awards at 2019 Banquet
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of South Carolina women’s soccer program hosted its annual season celebration banquet and has announced its team awards for the 2019 season.
The Gamecocks named Grace Fisk the Team MVP, the Offensive Player of the Year was Riley Tanner while the Defensive Player of the Year was Mikayla Krzeczowski and both Anna Patten and Samantha Chang won the team Rookie of the Year honor.
For Fisk, the 2019 season was full of accolades. She was named an All-American for the third time in her illustrious Carolina career while also becoming the first SEC student-athlete to ever win the SEC Defensive Player of the Year three times. Fisk also garnered All-America honors from ESPNW and was named the United Soccer Coaches Scholar Athlete of the Year, honoring her as the nation’s top student-athlete.
Tanner’s role for the Gamecocks became more and more important as the season went on. The sophomore came off the bench for most of the season and scored five goals, including three in the NCAA Tournament to help the Gamecocks reach the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals for the third time in four seasons. Tanner also scored big goals against Georgia in the 3-0 win and against Florida on the road in a 1-1 draw.
Krzeczowski’s career ended as one of the most statistically impressive in NCAA Soccer history. The Douglasville, Ga., native reached 50 career shutouts, good enough for third in NCAA women’s soccer history and is just the fifth goalkeeper, men or women’s, to reach the 50-career clean sheet mark. Krzeczowski earned All-American honors from the United Soccer Coaches and ESPNW and was named the SEC’s first Goalkeeper of the Year.
For Patten and Chang, their journey to the Gamecocks was different. Chang missed the entire 2018 season with an ACL injury and returned as a redshirt freshman to earn All-SEC freshman honors, scoring two goals and assisting on four more, while Patten joined the Gamecocks as a transfer from Florida State and slotted right into the starting lineup after winning the 2018 National Championship with the Seminoles. Patten reached All-SEC Second Team status by the end of the season, scoring three goals and assisting on another.
Last season, the Garnet and Black reached the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the third time in four seasons and won the 2019 SEC Tournament Championship. The Gamecocks won 19 matches and ended the season with an undefeated SEC record for the third time in four seasons.
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