Trio of Hilltoppers earns USC Player of Distinction awards


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The WKU Soccer team huddled up before the game against Marshall Thursday, March 18, 2021 at the WKU Soccer Complex. 

Jake Moore, Sports Editor

WKU Soccer’s Ansley Cate, Avery Jacobsen and Chelsea Moore have all earned United Soccer Coaches (USC) Player of Distinction awards, the organization announced on Monday.

The award serves as a way to highlight players that exhibit sportsmanship, make significant contributions to their programs and communities and respect teammates, opponents and officials alike.

Cate was named to the Conference USA All-Academic Second Team this year while scoring the fourth-most Hilltopper goals during the season (2) including a game-winner against Marshall on March 18.

Jacobsen was awarded both C-USA All-Conference First Team and USC All-Region Second Team honors along with earning a C-USA All-Tournament Team nod in the spring. Jacobsen was the only Lady Topper to play every minute of the 2021 season and scored the first goal of her career against MTSU on Feb. 26.

Moore came off of an injury for the 2021 and swapped to defender after playing as a forward. She started in all of WKU’s contests and played the second-most minutes, trailing only Jacobsen.

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