Smith tabbed All-America

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- University of Kansas soccer player Caroline Smith was tabbed as a first-team All-Central Region and third-team All-America selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), officials announced late Monday evening.

"This is truly an honor for me," Smith said. "To have my name along side some of the best players in the country is something that reflects well on our conference and our team. The selection helps propel Kansas into the national scene for collegiate soccer."

Smith, Kansas soccer's first-ever All-American, holds the single-season mark for goals scored with 19 in 2003. The Edina, Minn., native also is the Jayhawks' career goals leader with a total of 31 in only two seasons.

"The honor is certainly a great recognition for Caroline," head coach Mark Francis said. "It is a reflection of her hard work throughout the season and also reflects well on our program and helps put us on a national level."

Kansas, which was ranked No. 13 in the NSCAA poll at the end of the season, the best-ever ranking for a Jayhawk soccer club, ended its 2003 campaign with a record of 18-6-1, best-ever at Kansas. The Jayhawks capped their season with a run to the Sweet 16, falling to the UCLA Bruins, a 2003 Final Four qualifier, 1-0 in Los Angeles, Calif.


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