December 4, 2013

Kelly Penston Becomes UNG Women's Soccer Program's Fourth All-American

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – ( – UNG women's soccer player Kelly Penston has been named a first team Daktronics All-American as announced this afternoon by national coordinators for the Daktronics All-America program.  She becomes the fourth All-American in the UNG women's soccer program's history joining Casey Smith (2009, 2010) and Emily Dover (2011). 

Her honor marks school's the first-ever 1st team All-American honor from Daktronics as Smith garnered 3rd team honors in 2010.  Smith was also a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American teams in 2009 and 2010 earning the highest distinction from both publications following her senior year.   Dover's All-American honor in 2011 was awarded by the NSCAA.

California State-Stanislaus senior forward Karenee Demery was named the Ron Lenz National Player of the Year headlining the 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women's Soccer All-America Team. Demery, now a four-time All-America selection, also joined 12 other student-athletes on an All- America first team that also features midfielder Sydney Bond (St. Rose) as a repeat honoree.

Joining Penston as the other first-team honorees include goalkeeper Abbey Miller (Grand Valley State), defenders Kayla Kimble (Grand Valley State), Alison Fitzsimmons (American International), Briana Jones (Western Washington) and Lauren Impey (Slippery Rock); midfielders Marti Corby (Grand Valley State), and Paxton Sickler (Rollins) and forwards Sonia Basma (American International), Korey Kronforst (Minnesota State-Mankato) and Jenny Shaba (Grand Valley State).

Seven of the 13 first-team honorees come from 2013 Final Four teams, vying for the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship this weekend in Evans, Ga.

Penston was awarded with the Peach Belt Conference's Brine Golden Ball honoring the conference's top goal scorer as the senior's 18 goals set a new UNG single season record.

She wrapped up the 2013 season with a hat trick of three goals in the Nighthawks' 5-3 PBC quarterfinal loss at Lander marking her fourth multi-goal performance of the year.  She is currently tied for 7th nationally in goals scored after collecting a stretch of ten consecutive games mid-season with a goal scored.  She garnered PBC/AstroTurf Player of the Week honors on September 16.

The senior from Suwanee, Ga. was a Daktronics Second Team All-Region selection in 2013 and a first ballot All-Region member this season after becoming the school's all-time leading goal scorer in UNG women's soccer history.

Penston was the only Peach Belt Conference representative on the Daktronics All-American team.

Sports Information Directors from NCAA Division II schools and conferences sponsoring women's soccer selected the Daktronics All-America teams. The process begins at the regional level with all first team All-Region picks advancing to the national ballot. This is the seventh year Daktronics has sponsored the NCAA Division II women's soccer All-America and All-Region teams.

The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., recognized worldwide in its industry as the leading designer and manufacturer of electronic scoreboards, programmable display systems, and large screen video displays using light emitting diode (LED) technology. The team is voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).