Kaylyn Bryant, Ashley Leonard earn C-USA All-Academic honors

WKU Lady toppers celebrate after WKU Lady topper forward Ashley Leonard (7) scored a penalty kick to defeat the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters during the game at the WKU Soccer Complex on Sunday Sept. 29, 2019.

Nick Kieser

Two members of the WKU soccer team have been named to the Conference USA All-Academic Teams, the league office announced Monday. 

Senior defender Kaylyn Bryant was selected to the first team, while junior forward Ashley Leonard earned second-team honors.

Bryant has started in all 17 games this season, and the senior has logged the second-most minutes of any WKU player in 2019.

As an integral part of the Lady Topper defensive core, Bryant has played a significant role in the seven shutouts WKU has posted this season, tied for the second most in C-USA. 

Additionally, the 16 goals allowed by Bryant and the backline is the fourth fewest in C-USA. 

Bryant is a biology major at WKU and this is her second C-USA All-Academic Team honor after earning Second Team honors last season. The Boynton Beach, Florida, native also received the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal last year.

Leonard is WKU’s leading goal-scorer this season, notching eight goals so far. Leonard’s eight goals are tied for the ninth-most in a season by a WKU player.

The forward has scored the deciding goal in four of WKU’s matches this season, tallying the game-winner against Middle Tennessee State, Alabama A&M, Louisiana Tech and Marshall.

Her four game-winners are tied for the fourth-most in a WKU season.

Leonard is an international business major at WKU. The Troy, Michigan, native was also awarded the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal for the 2018-19 academic year.

Bryant, Leonard and the rest of the Lady Toppers are preparing for the postseason with the quarterfinals of the C-USA Championship coming up on Wednesday.

WKU will take on Charlotte at 2 p.m. The match will be broadcast live for ESPN+ subscribers.

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