Taylor Tabbed Academic All-Conference USA
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Conference USA announced its 2015 Women's Soccer All-Academic teams, and Golden Eagles goalkeeper Brittany Taylor was named to the First Team. This is the second year in a row the junior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada has earned First Team Academic All-Conference USA honors. Taylor, a finance major, holds a 3.84 GPA.
Southern Miss has had a student-athlete earn First Team All-Academic honors each year dating back to 2010 and a player represented on an All-Academic team every year since 2008. The Golden Eagles have had a representative on the All-Academic team in all but two seasons since the award's inception. Taylor's appearance on this year's team is the 14th All-Academic accolade in school history.
With this year's award, Taylor becomes the third player in school history to earn first-team honors in multiple years. She joins Casey Adkins (2011-14) who earned first-team accolades two consecutive years, and Caitlin Leumas (2009-12) who earned first-team accolades three consecutive years.
Starting all 19 games for the Golden Eagles, Taylor finished the season with 98 saves, which is tied for the fourth most in the conference. In C-USA standings, the keeper also finished in fourth place for average saves per game (5.16) and seventh place for save percentage (.778).
Taylor recorded shutouts against Southern (W, 4-0), Mississippi State (T, 0-0 2ot) and Charlotte (W, 1-0). Her eight career shutouts rank second in the Southern Miss career record books.
As just a junior, Taylor's 286 career saves are the most in Southern Miss soccer history. She also holds the season record for number of saves, which she earned in 2013 with 128. Her 98 saves this year are the fifth most saves in a season for a Golden Eagle keeper.
2015 Conference USA Women's Soccer All-Academic Teams
Martha Thomas -- Charlotte (3.82 GPA in pre-kinesiology)
Sophia Trujillo -- FIU (4.0 GPA in sports and fitness studies)
Claire Emslie -- Florida Atlantic (3.87 GPA in exercise science & health promotion)
Kathryn Sloan -- Louisiana Tech (4.0 GPA in communication arts & design)
Kelly Culicerto -- Marshall (3.77 GPA in business management)
Kelsey Brouwer -- Middle Tennessee (3.914 GPA in business management)
Kathryn Hill -- Old Dominion (3.86 GPA in biology)
Brittany Taylor -- Southern Miss (3.84 GPA in finance)
Bri Barreiro -- UTEP (4.0 GPA in business)
Angela Cutaia -- UTEP (3.83 GPA in kinesiology)
Caitlin Hesse -- WKU (4.0 GPA in biology)
Annika McHenry -- Charlotte (3.56 GPA in criminal justice)
Mary Ellen Crist -- FIU (3.88 GPA in civil engineering)
Jenna Dubs -- Marshall (3.57 GPA in biological sciences)
Jordan Parkhurst -- Marshall (3.96 GPA in healthcare management)
Tori Hawkins - Middle Tennessee (3.741 GPA in aerospace UAS operations)
Emily Jorgenson -- Middle Tennessee (3.762 GPA in business administration)
Rachel Holden -- North Texas (3.558 GPA in kinesiology)
Molly Grisham -- North Texas (3.705 GPA in organizational behavior and human resource management)
Holly Hargreaves -- Rice (3.39 GPA in sport management)
Lauren Hughes -- Rice (3.31 GPA in sport management/sociology)
Chandler Clark -- WKU (3.51 GPA in mechanical engineering)
Iris Dunn -- WKU (3.81 GPA in interdisciplinary studies)