RICHARDSON, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' Kenne Kessler, a junior forward on the soccer team, has been named the American Southwest Conference Female Athlete of the Year for the 2017-18 season.
Kessler had the best season in American Southwest Conference women's soccer history. She tallied a conference record 37 goals, which is the sixth-most ever by a player in NCAA Division III. She also had 10 assists and led the Cowgirls to their 15th straight American Southwest Conference title and to the NCAA Final Four.
She picked up many accolades for her record-breaking season. She was the ASC offensive player of the year, was named a first-team all-American by the United Soccer Coaches and D3soccer.com and was named the national forward of the year by D3soccer.com.
Not only was she a standout on the field she was also stellar in the classroom. She has a 4.0 GPA as a biology major and she was named the CoSIDA Academic all-American athlete of the year. She was a first-team scholar all-American by the United Soccer Coaches and she also named the ASC distinguished scholar-athlete of the year.
"Although Kenne has received numerous athletic and academic awards, she continues to challenge herself to improve in all areas on a daily basis," said HSU Director of Athletics John Neese. "She demonstrates transformational leadership to her teammates and has made a significant impact on the HSU campus since she arrived. We look forward to seeing her compete in her final season and we know she will continue to be a great mentor for our younger players."
Kessler is the fifth HSU athlete to be named the ASC female athlete of the year. Kendra Anderson won the award in 2001-02 and 2002-03. Ashley Huston won the honor in 2008-09, Amy Kuykendall won in 2010-11, Katie Kuykendall won in 2012-13 and now Kessler.
Haston Adams of Mary Hardin-Baylor was named the male athlete of the year. Vic Rodriguez was the HSU nominee.
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