BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following the soccer season, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has continued to hand out awards, and two King University women's soccer players earned recognition from the organization. Kendyl Baird and Kara Garrett both earned NSCAA Scholar All-South Region for the first time in their careers.
Baird was selected to the NSCAA Scholar All-South Region second team following her senior season as she carried a 3.66 GPA while majoring in Athletic Training. The Boone, N.C. native is a two-time Conference Carolinas All-Academic selection. On the pitch, Baird garnered first team All-Conference Carolinas and NSCAA third team All-South Region accolades this season.
Baird, ranked fifth in the league with nine goals, sixth with 22 points, and ranked 10th with four assists on the season. Her nine goals also tied for the team lead, and she became the second Tornado in the NCAA Division II era to tally four goals in a game when she found the back of the net four times against Mount Olive. A week earlier she posted two goals, including the game-winner and one assist in a 5-1 win over North Greenville University. This marks the first time Baird has been named NSCAA All-Southeast Region.
Garrett was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-South Region third team as she carries a 3.72 GPA while majoring in Psychology. A redshirt sophomore, Garrett was named academic All-Conference Carolinas and on the pitch, she garnered second team All-Conference Carolinas honors.
Garrett tied Baird for the team lead with nine goals, ranking fifth in Conference Carolinas. The Abingdon, Va., native led King with four game-winning goals, a mark that ranked fourth in the league. Her first game-winner came in the 83rd minute of a 4-3 win over Mars Hill University. She added another in a win over Mount Olive and then in back-to-back victories over Southern Wesleyan University and Erskine. Garrett also posted two multi-goal games, the first with two tallies against Erskine and again with two goals in a 3-1 win over Barton.
The tandem become the first Tornado women's soccer players to earn NSCAA Scholar All-South Region since 2014 when Rachel Thorpe garnered recognition.
The NCSAA Scholar All-Region team are comprised of student-athletes that have at least a 3.30 GPA and start at least half of their team's games.