GREENSBORO, N.C. – Hardin-Simmons forward Kenne Kessler and center back Kirsten Parrish were both named first-team all-Americans by the United Soccer Coaches on Thursday evening at the NCAA banquet ahead of the Final Four in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Kessler, a junior from Highland Village, set the school record and is sixth all-time in Division III history for goals in a single season with 37. She also added 10 assists. She was named the American Southwest Conference player of the year.
Parrish, a senior from Granbury, led the Cowgirl defense that has allowed just seven goals this season. She has scored 14 goals and has nine assists on the year as a major weapon on corner kicks and set pieces. She was the ASC defensive player of the year for the second-straight year.
"Both Kenne and K.P. are deserving of this honor," said head coach Marcus Wood. "They have been fantastic players for their entire careers and they join a select group of Cowgirls to earn the distinction of being the best of the best."
They are the seventh and eighth HSU players to be named first-team all-America by the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA). In all, 15 HSU players have been named first, second or third team all-American a total of 17 times.
The Cowgirls are 23-0 on the season and will play Williams in the National Semifinals on Friday at 12:30 CST.
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