Oct. 30, 2012
Complete Conference USA Soccer Awards Release
IRVING, Texas (SMU) - The Conference USA begins tomorrow in El Paso, Texas, but the excitement for the SMU Mustangs started a day early. Four Mustangs snagged All-Conference recognition, the league office announced on Tuesday.
Mallory Baum earned First Team All-C-USA for the second straight season. Baum continued her solid midfield play in 2012, something she has carried with her all four years at SMU. Baum made the All-Freshman team in 2009. This season, the Keller, Texas, native has tallied 10 points (2g, 6a). One of Baum's goals was a penalty kick game-winner against UTEP on Sept. 28. Baum was also acknowledged for her schoolwork and community leadership with a nomination for the Senior CLASS Award in September.
Shelby Redman was tagged as a Second Team All-C-USA honoree after a breakout season that saw Redman post a team-leading 22 points (8g, 6a). The sophomore was second on the team in goals and led the team in shots with 59. Redman has two game-winners in 2012, including a thrilling last-second 40-yard bomb that lifted SMU past rival TCU in Fort Worth.
Rikki Clarke also took Second Team All-Conference recognition. The sophomore midfielder tied for fourth on the team in points with 10 (3g, 4a), with all three of her goals coming during conference play. Clarke was an All-Freshman team member a year ago.
Courtney Smith, a defender from Plano, Texas, had another solid season and earned Third Team All-C-USA honors for the second consecutive year. Smith posted a league-leading nine assists, and always made SMU a threat on the attack when the ball was on her left foot. Smith takes a majority of the Mustangs' set pieces, and is usually able to place the ball with extreme precision, giving SMU's offense an extra boost in every game. Smith is currently 18th in the nation in assists.
SMU will play Rice in the first round of the C-USA Tournament for the third year in a row tomorrow. Kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. CT.