Mustang Quartet Earns Conference Accolades
Nov. 1, 2011
IRVING, Texas (C-USA/SMU) – Four SMU women’s soccer players were selected to various All-Conference teams today by the league’s 12 coaches. Junior Mallory Baum and Kaitlyn Eidson headline the list as they were named to the All-Conference First Team. Sophomore Courtney Smith was a third team selection, while Rikki Clarke was named to the All-Freshmen team.
Eidson, a two-time Second Team All-Conference selection and 2011 preseason All-CUSA honoree, finished the regular season with three goals and an assist, moving her career totals up to nine and eight respectively. The senior has been a mainstay in the middle of the Mustang backline since she began her SMU career. Over the past two seasons, she has played every minute for a team that has had back-to-back seasons with 11-plus wins. Eidson’s biggest weekend this year came during the first week of conference season as she deflected in a free kick against then-No. 19 UCF in a 1-0 game and followed that up two days later with her second goal of the season against Southern Miss. For her efforts, she was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week and selected to both the Soccer America Team of the Week and CollegeSoccer360.com’s Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll.
Baum, a 2009 All-Freshmen Team selection, has been a constant in the Mustang midfield this season, starting every game and logging more than 1,700 minutes of action. She has been one of the Ponies’ biggest offensive threats, ripping shots from long range and curling corners into the box. The junior has three goals on the season to go along with a pair of assists.
In only her second year on the Hilltop, Smith has proved to be one of the Mustangs most versatile and dangerous players on the team. The left back has an array offensive skills that have caused headaches for defensives throughout the season. Her two goals on the year have both been game-winners, the first being a on a rocket shot at Oklahoma in a 1-0 contest, while the other came in the 81st minute in a 2-1 win over Marshall as she curled a corner kick into the back of the net. Two of her four assists have also led to game-winning goals, one against UCF and the other in a two-assist performance in a 2-1 victory at UAB. Smith has earned all eight of her points this season while taking set pieces.
Clarke came into the season ranked as the 29th ranked prospect in the nation according to TopDrawerSoccer, and she didn’t disappoint. In her first match as a Mustang at Arkansas, she tallied a game-high four shots, three on target, and scored the first goal of her young career while playing the entire match. The freshman was a key component to the SMU midfield as her elusiveness provided the team with an added dimension in the attack. Clarke finished the regular season with two goals and an assist.