Smith earns conference honors

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- University of Kansas soccer player Caroline Smith picked up her second Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honor through the first three weeks of the season, conference officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

"She has been scoring goals all season for us," head coach Mark Francis said. "She has definitely been consistent for us. She wasn't even 100 percent last week, so when she gets to be 100 percent she will become an even bigger threat."

Smith, a native of Edina, Minn., recorded the fifth hat-trick in KU history and the second of her career in the Jayhawks' win over Florida State, which was ranked as high as 12th in the preseason. With the three goals, Smith, who is positioned at the top of five offensive categories in the Big 12, ranks first on KU's career points list with 50.

"Even if she isn't 100 percent she is still out there busting it," Francis added. "I am sure glad we have her on our team."

Smith, who ranks fourth in the nation with 1.57 goals per game and second in the nation with a total of 11 goals, is one score away from equaling the KU single-season goal record she set last season.

The Jayhawks travel to the state of California for a pair of non-conference matches this week. KU takes on San Diego, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. before traveling to Los Angeles, Calif. to take on Loyola Marymount on Sept. 21, at 1 p.m.


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