HSU's Kuykendall Named National Player of the Year; Three Named All-American
Hardin-Simmons' senior women's soccer player Katie Kuykendall has been named the national player of the year by D3soccer.com and two other Cowgirls were named to the all-American team by the publication.
Junior defender Courtney Cramer was named a first-team all-American and junior midfielder Devon Howard was named to the second team.
"These are great awards for these girls, because they are all so deserving," said Wood. "They all are great students, great leaders and everything you want in a Division III student-athlete. It is also a big honor for our team to have three all-Americans."
Kuykendall is the first Cowgirl soccer player to be named the national player of the year and the second athlete in the school's division III history, joining women's basketball player Kendra Anderson in 2003.
The trio led the Cowgirls to an 18-1-2 record and a 10th straight American Southwest Conference title. HSU advanced to the sectional round of the NCAA Championships.
Kuykendall, a senior from Weatherford, scored 12 goals and had 23 assists for the Cowgirls.
"This is a big honor for Katie and our program," said head coach Marcus Wood. "She is the first three-time all-American in our program. She will go down as one of the best soccer players in Division III history and we couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments."
She finished her career with 47 goals and 84 assists. The 84 assists rank second all-time in all divisions. She was the ASC Offensive player of the year for the second straight year and was a four-time first-team all-ASC selection.
Kuykendall was a second team all-American as a junior and third-team as a sophomore. She was named an academic all-American as well.
Cramer helped spearhead a Cowgirl defense that allowed only eight goals the entire season. She also led the Cowgirls with 14 goals, 13 of which came off corner kicks.
Howard had 10 goals and 18 assists and she was also a CoSIDA academic all-American with a 4.0 GPA.
Information for this story provided by HSU Sports Information.