DALLAS (SMU) – Senior Rikki Clarke has started 56 games in her career at SMU. Since she first stepped on the Hilltop in 2010, Clarke has been an important part of the Mustang attack. The Keller, Texas, native has tallied eight goals and 10 assists in her career and has received numerous all-conference honors.
Despite her individual achievements, the senior leader has a team-oriented approach to the 2014 season.
“I really just want to become a team,” said Clarke about the 2014 season. “I want to gain a lot of chemistry together.”
One aspect of the team that Clarke would like to really see come together is the attack. Clarke, along with fellow senior Shelby Redman, sophomore Kelsey Gorney and sophomore Taylor Barg create a formidable offense for the Mustangs. Clarke, Redman, Gorney and Barg were four of the top five point leaders for the Mustangs in 2013, with Redman leading the way with 19 points.
“I want the attacking third to really come together,” said Clarke.
As one of the veterans on the team, Clarke has played a key role in mentoring an incoming class of eight freshmen along with one transfer.
“The freshmen bring a lot of competition to the team,” said Clarke. “It makes practice more competitive because you don’t want to lose playing time.”
The Mustangs have opened the season 0-2-0, losing to two quality programs in No. 13 Nebraska and Kansas. SMU will look to right the ship this weekend with home matches against Texas Southern and Missouri.
Clarke Quick Facts
In 2013: Started all 19 matches for SMU, recording nine points with two goals and five assists... Her five helpers ranked third on the team and 12th in the conference... Recorded 21 shots with 11 on goal... Rated as the No. 14 player in the conference by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Honors: 2014 Second Team Preseason All-Conference Team (CollegeSportsMadness)… 2013 Second Team All-American Athletic Conference… 2012 Second Team All-C-USA… 2012 All-C-USA Tournament Team… 2011 C-USA All-Freshmen Team.