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Kayla Grimsley

  • position Midfielder/defender
  • height 5-4
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Lakeland, Fla.
  • High school George W. Jenkins
  • position Midfielder/defender
  • height 5-4
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Lakeland, Fla.
  • High school George W. Jenkins

Kayla Grimsley Bio

2011 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
2011 SEC Preseason Watch List
2010 Fourth Team NSCAA All-American
2010 First Team NSCAA All-Southeast Region
2010 Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season
2010 SEC Offensive Player of the Year
2010 First Team All-SEC
2010 SEC All-Tournament Team
2010 Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week (Week 8)
2010 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
2010 Preseason All-SEC
2009 Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season
2009 First Team NSCAA All-South Region
2009 First Team All-SEC
2009 SEC All-Tournament Team
2009 Soccer America TOW (Weeks 5&13)
2009 College Soccer360 Primetime Performer of the Week (Weeks 5&12)
2009 Preseason All-SEC
2008 Second Team All-SEC
2008 SEC All-Freshman Team
2008 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Week 4); SEC Freshman of the Week (Week 8)
2008 Soccer Buzz Freshman All-Southeast Region
2008 Top Drawer Soccer TOW (Weeks 4&7), Soccer America & Soccer Buzz TOW (Week 4)

Kayla Grimsley Reflects On U.S. U-20 Camp 2010 – Started all 25 matches at forward in a record-breaking season … Tied the school record for points in a season with a stat line of 12 goals and 10 assists for 34 points … Became the first Gamecock to notch at least 10 goals and 10 assists in a single season … Became the second NSCAA All-American in program history … Named SEC Offensive Player of the Year … A First Team All-SEC postseason and preseason pick … Earned Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season honors … Selected to the NSCAA All-Southeast Region First Team … MAC Hermann Trophy Award Watch List selection … Was named Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week (Week 8) after scoring four goals in weekend wins at Auburn and Alabama … Only Gamecock to score 30 points in consecutive seasons … Finished the season ranked in the NCAA Top 30 for points (15th), assists (26th) and goals (28th) … Led the team with a five-match scoring streak at the start of conference play that included seven goals and four assists for 18 points (9/26-10/10) … Had a career best five game-winning goals against Clemson (9/10), Kentucky (9/26), Auburn (10/8), Alabama (10/10) and Arkansas (10/21) … Had a streak of three consecutive matches with two goals (Mississippi State, Auburn, Alabama) … Also scored goals against Ohio (8/29), Tennessee (10/17) and LSU (11/5) … Registered three game-winning assists (Boston, Northeastern and Ohio) … Also had assists against Arizona State, Minnesota, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and against Kentucky in the SEC Tournament … Scored game-winning penalty kicks against Kentucky and LSU in the SEC Tournament … SEC All-Tournament Team selection … Carolina’s Cup and Gamecock Courtyard Cup All-Tournament Teams. 2009 – Started all 25 matches at forward with one of the top all-around performances in Gamecock history … Became just the fifth Gamecock to hit double-digit goals in a season with 13 goals and seven assists for 33 points … Named First Team All-SEC … Earned Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season honors … Selected to NSCAA All-South Region first team … Finished first in the SEC in goals, second in points and fifth in assists … Came one point short of setting a USC single-season record … Opened the year with a school record nine-match scoring streak … Tied the school record for consecutive matches with a goal at four (Clemson, UNC-W, UCF and South Alabama), a Carolina sophomore record … Only second player to score more than 30 points in a season … Set sophomore records for goals, assists and points … Had game-winning goals against Western Carolina (8/30) and UCF (9/18) … Also had goals against College of Charleston (8/27), Louisville (9/4), Georgia (10/16 and 11/4), Tennessee (10/18), Arkansas (10/22), and a two-goal game against Davidson (11/13) in the NCAA First Round … Registered three game-winning assists (Tennessee, Arkansas and Georgia) … Also had assists against Cincinnati, Vnaderbilt, Mississippi State and LSU … Earned five national honors throughout the year, collecting two honors from Soccer America and two from CollegeSoccer360 … SEC All-Tournament Team selection … Carolina’s Cup and Cardinal Classic All-Tournament Teams.

2008 – Started all but the first two matches due to a preseason injury … Scored eight goals and six assists for 22 points … Named Soccer Buzz Freshman All-Region … Earned All-SEC Second Team and Freshman Team honors … Named South Carolina’s New Student-Athlete of the Year … Began conference play with a six-match scoring streak (4 goals, 3 assists), tying the South Carolina record set by freshman Lydia Bienias in 1998 … In non-conference play, scored a goal in four consecutive matches (Furman, Marquette, Florida State, ETSU), a Carolina freshman record … Only the second player in Carolina history to record goals in four consecutive games … Second freshman and seventh player overall to score 20 points in a season … Tied freshman record with six assists … Scored first career goal against Furman (9/7) to start her streak of goals in four consecutive matches … Hit game-winning goals against Marquette (9/12) and Kentucky (10/3) … Notched assists against Tennessee (9/26) and Georgia (9/28) to begin SEC play … Had first multi-goal game at Kentucky … Goals at Vanderbilt (10/5) and Mississipi State (10/10) along with assist against Ole Miss (10/12) capped six-match scoring streak … Assists at SEC Tournament (11/5) and NCAA Tournament (11/14) games … Twice earned SEC weekly honors and picked up four national weekly honors … Named to Carolina Cup All-Tournament team.

PRE-COLLEGE – Named Top 75 national recruit by Soccer Buzz … Three-time All-State selection (2006-08) … Named Florida high school Player of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2008 … Won 2008 Florida state championship and named tournament MVP … Captain of high school and club team … Played for IMG Soccer Academy … Three-year member of Region III ODP team (2005-07) … Four-year member of Florida ODP team … Served as captain of ODP all four years … Captain of club team in 2008 that was ranked No. 1 in the nation … IMG was three-time state champions … Region III Premier League champions … Three-time Disney Soccer Showcase finalist (2006-08) and won championship in 2008 … Named 2004 Women’s Sports Foundation SportsGirl of the year in Florida … Also lettered in track.

PERSONAL – Full name is Kayla June Grimsley … Majoring in sociology … Chose USC over Tennessee, Florida State and Miami … Sister, Taryn, played soccer at Florida Southern College … Born June 8, 1990 … Parents are Mike and Cindy Grimsley.

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