NEW ORLEANS – The University of South Alabama soccer team had multiple student-athletes earn conference awards and all-conference team selections, the Sun Belt Conference announced Thursday. Junior Gracie Wilson was named the Sun Belt Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year for the first time in her career. Wilson is joined by Sydney Ham, who earned conference Newcomer of the Year.
Three Jaguars – Wilson, Morgan Cross and Gabrielle Gayle – were named first-team all-conference while Jaidy Gutierrez Campos received a second-team selection, the first of her career. This is the second consecutive first-team selection for Wilson, and the first for Cross and Gayle.
A preseason all-conference selection, Wilson led the nationally-ranked South Alabama offense with 10 goals, 10 assists and 30 points. The Jags are second in the nation in scoring offense (3.56) and third in points per game (9.75). The team captain was in the top five in five offensive statistical categories in the Sun Belt. She was also in the top 10 for total assists (10) and game-winning goals (5) in the nation this season. In the final regular season match of the season, Wilson took a corner and found Ham, who scored the game-winning goal in the 3-2 double overtime victory over Georgia Southern on Oct. 21.
The 2020 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Cross was also named preseason all-conference. The senior from Dunfermline, Scotland, ranks in the top five in conference goals (5), assists (4) and points (14) during conference play.
Ham scored seven goals including the game-winning goal in double overtime against Georgia Southern in the Jaguars’ final regular season match. The Memphis, Tenn., native made 14 starts in 16 appearances this season for South after transferring from Ole Miss.
In her first year as a first-team all-conference selection, Gayle scored one goal against Arkansas State and recorded two assists. She appeared in six of the seven clean sheets that South Alabama maintained this season.
Campos earned Defensive Player of the Week honors back in September of this year. The freshman goalkeeper maintained a conference-leading .903 goals against average. She recorded three of her four shutouts in her first six starts for the Jags. The Mexico City, Mexico, native leads the Jaguar goalkeeping unit with 33 saves this season.
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