Two University of Kentucky women’s soccer players have been named All-Southeastern Conference performers by the league coaches, including sophomore Jordyn Rhodes on the All-SEC First Team and freshman Maria Olsen on the SEC All-Freshman Team, it was announced on Thursday morning.  

Rhodes had a sensational sophomore season, concluding the regular season leading the conference in shots, shots per game, goals, goals per game, points and points per game  

  • Shots: 29 (leads by one)  
  • Shots per game: 3.63  
  • Goals: 7 (leads by two)  
  • Goals per game: .88  
  • Points: 15 (leads by two)  
  • Points per game: 1.88  

Rhodes also aimed 14 shots on frame and one assist in just eight games this fall, meanwhile, she played and started in every game this season, competing for more than 765 minutes. 

The season honor comes just two days after being named an SEC Offensive Player of the Week, leading Kentucky past Florida for the first time since 2014 and just the fifth time in the all-time series. The South Lebanon, Ohio, native scored two goals in the game, once on a penalty kick – she is now 4-of-4 on penalty kicks this season – and once on an assist from fellow forward Hannah Richardson. It marked the second time this season Rhodes has scored multiple goals in one game, doing so in the season opener (at Vanderbilt) and the season closer (vs. Florida).  

Jordyn Rhodes. Arkansas defeats Kentucky 4-1. Photo by Eddie Justice | UK Athletics

Ironically, Rhodes scored multiple goals in one game twice last season, too, also doing so in the season opener and the season closer.  

In addition to scoring a pair of goals against Florida, Rhodes also recorded her first assist of the season on a header to Richardson, helping her to her first goal of the season and the game-winning goal. Rhodes’ SEC Offensive Player of the Week honor is Kentucky’s first SEC Player of the Week since Evangeline Soucie in 2017 and the first SEC Offensive Player of the Week since Zoë Swift in 2014. 

Rhodes is the first Kentucky women’s soccer player to earn All-SEC First Team since Courtney Raetzman reached the prestigious height in 2015. 

Olsen earned acknowledgement from the league, too, being named to the SEC All-Freshman Team for being a steadfast technical threat in the midfield.  

The Oksboel, Denmark, native played and started in every game this season as a rookie midfielder, combining for more than 639 minutes this fall. Her tactical skill set has made her a threat to opponents all season, and meanwhile, the SEC All-Freshman performer has taken 18 shots this fall, aiming three of those on frame. 

Maria Olsen. Kentucky ties Tennessee 1-1. Photo by Hannah Phillips | UK Athletics

Olsen competed in the Elitedivisionen, the most prestigious women’s soccer league in Denmark,  playing for the team KoldingQ from 2015-20 before joining the Kentucky program this fall.  

The full list of conference awards are as follows: 

First Team All-SEC 

Forward: Parker Goins, Arkansas 

Forward: Anna Podojil, Arkansas 

Forward: Jordyn Rhodes, Kentucky 

Forward: Barbara Olivieri, Texas A&M 

Midfielder: Abby Boyan, Georgia 

Midfielder: Channing Foster, Ole Miss 

Midfielder: Jyllissa Harris, South Carolina 

Midfielder: Addie McCain, Texas A&M 

Defender: Haley VanFossen, Arkansas 

Defender: Anna Patten, South Carolina 

Defender: Jimena Lopez, Texas A&M 

Defender: Karlina Sample, Texas A&M 

Goalkeeper: Ashley Orkus, Ole Miss 

At Large: Haley Hopkins, Vanderbilt 

Second Team All-SEC 

Forward: Riley Mattingly, Alabama 

Forward: Rammie Noel, LSU 

Forward: Julissa Cisneros, Missouri 

Forward: Mackenzie George, Tennessee 

Midfielder: Kayla McKeon, Arkansas 

Midfielder: Alyssa Malonson, Auburn 

Midfielder: Lauren Chang, South Carolina 

Midfielder: Maddie Elwell, Vanderbilt 

Defender: Sarah Houchin, Auburn 

Defender: Cecily Stoute, Georgia 

Defender: Maya Gordon, LSU 

Defender: Ella Shamburger, Vanderbilt 

Goalkeeper: Emory Wegener, Georgia 

At Large: Parker Roberts, Florida 

At Large: Kayla Bruster, Georgia 

All-Freshman Team 

Felicia Knox, Alabama 

Ellie Podojil, Arkansas 

Ava Tankersley, Arkansas 

Anna Haddock, Auburn 

Maddie Prohaska, Auburn 

Maria Olsen, Kentucky 

Maddy Anderson, Mississippi State 

Catherine Barry, South Carolina 

Jaida Thomas, Tennessee 

Laney Carroll, Texas A&M 

Barbara Olivieri, Texas A&M 

Abi Brighton, Vanderbilt 

Co-Coach of the Year 

Colby Hale, Arkansas 

G Guerrieri, Texas A&M 

Forward of the Year 

Anna Podojil, Arkansas 

Midfielder of the Year 

Addie McCain, Texas A&M 

Co-Defender of the Year 

Jimena Lopez, Texas A&M 

Karlina Sample, Texas A&M 

Goalkeeper of the Year 

Ashley Orkus, Ole Miss 

Freshman of the Year 

Barbara Olivieri, Texas A&M 

Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year 

Chanel Thomas, Ole Miss 

Lauren Chang, South Carolina 

For the latest on the Kentucky women’s soccer program, follow @UKWomensSoccer on Twitter and on Instagram, on Facebook and on the web at UKathletics.com.  

– GO CATS – 

For more information contact: 

Cami Moore

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