South Carolina forward Kayla Grimsley capped her record-setting junior season by being named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Performance Subaru Women's Soccer All-American.
The honor is voted on by soccer coaches across the country. In addition, senior defender Brittiny Rhoades was selected to the NSCAA All-South Region team, along with Grimsley.
Grimsley is one of 49 players named to the All-America team and one of four SEC players to make the list. Selected as a fourth team pick, Grimsley becomes the second Gamecock to earn NSCAA All-America honors and is one of two SEC teams to have a player named an NSCAA All-American each of the last two seasons.
In 2009, defender Blakely Mattern was a first team selection as the first Gamecock to earn All-America honors by the coaches association.
"I'm honored to get that recognition," Grimsley said. "Like I've said all season, individual awards in a team sport don't really reflect on me; it reflects on everyone else around me. I'm grateful for my teammates and the support I've had this season."
Grimsley was this year's SEC Offensive Player of the Year. She led the league in goals, points and game-winning goals with a stat line of 12 goals, 10 assists and 34 points. She tied the South Carolina single-season record for points and also set the junior class records for goals, assists, points and game-winning goals. Grimsley's year saw her earn First Team All-SEC honors, TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Season (second team) honors, First Team NSCAA All-Region honors, SEC All-Tournament team honors and she was also named the National Player of the Week earlier in the season.
Rhoades was a Second Team All-South Region selection, her first career NSCAA honor. The selection comes two weeks after she was named a first team TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Season selection, an honor that made her the first Gamecock in program history to be selected by the organization as one of the top 11 players in the nation.
She was a First Team All-SEC and SEC All-Tournament Team selection as the leader of one of the top ranked defenses in the country.
The Gamecock squad had a streak of 11 consecutive games in limiting opponents to four shots on goal or less, and finished the regular season as the SEC's leader in every major defensive category including goals against average, shutouts, shots allowed and points allowed. On the offensive end, Rhoades scored her first career goal against LSU and finished the year with one goal and three assists for five points. She ends her career No. 3 in the SEC record books for career matches played at 95.