USC's Kayla Grimsley Named All-American

6:05 PM, Dec 12, 2011   |    comments
USC Forward Kayla Grimsley (Courtesy: USC Athletics Dept.)
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) --- Senior South Carolina forward Kayla Grimsley finished her record-setting career by being named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Grimsley, a second team selection, is the first Gamecock to be honored by the NSCAA twice in a career. She was a fourth-team selection in 2010.

"I love the feeling I had when I found out because last year I was a fourth team pick, which is still an accomplishment and honor, but to jump up to the second team and get more recognition from coaches around the country is awesome," Grimsley said. "I needed that, and the program needed that. I'm really thankful that they looked to me as somebody that is that much more improved from last year."

Grimsley is also the SEC Offensive Player of the Year for a second consecutive season. She has South Carolina's record for career points after a 10-goal, 10-assist campaign that set her career numbers at 43 goals and 33 assists for 119 points.

She finished the season eighth on the NCAA active list for career points and was the only active player in the NCAA with 40 goals and 30 assists in her career. She concludes her career with 27 school records to her name, including career points, career assists, single-season points and single-game assists.

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