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Bellarmine’s Gorham, Centre’s Graves named first-team All-Americans for women’s soccer

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced its All-American teams for NCAA Division II and III, and three players from Kentucky made the first teams.

Bellarmine’s Mary Beth Gorham, a Nicholasville native who starred at Lexington Catholic, was named to the Division II’s first team. The junior set single-season school marks for goals (13) and points. Add in seven assists, one off the single-season school record, and Gorham factored into a 62.5 percent of her team’s goals.

“I am very proud of, and excited for, Mary Beth,” Bellarmine Coach Chris Tinius said in a news release by the school. “As a coach, I think the coolest thing has been to watch a kid that was already a very good player work hard to get even better. She added elements to her game to be a more complete threat than just a goal scorer.”

Centre junior Destine Graves (Tates Creek) and Illinois Wesleyan senior Mary Kate Schmidt (Sacred Heart) were named to the Division III’s first team. Second-team Division III honors went to Thomas More’s Laura Felix (St. Henry) and Centre’s Tori Dillard.

Graves leads Centre with 26 goals this season, which was tied for eighth in the nation going into the Colonel’s Final Four match on Friday afternoon. She was also tied for the team lead with nine assists.

In men’s soccer, Thomas More’s Austin Juniet (Newport Central Catholic) was named to the Division III’s second team.

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