Soccer's Keith named Student-Athlete of the Month
Sept. 29, 2011
Megan Fontenot, Texas Media Relations
Organization is soccer captain Lucy Keith's key to success on the field and in the classroom.
In her role as a defender, Keith is responsible for communicating to fellow players to keep the Texas Soccer team in the right positions and formations. As a public relations major who will graduate in four years, she does something similar to keep herself on track academically.
"The schedule of a student-athlete is super busy. Things come up all the time," Keith said. "Staying organized is really the key."
Keith, a six-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll, was recently named student-athlete of the month by the Academic Services office.
"She is an excellent student who works hard and is determined to do her best," said Jen Smull, Keith's academic advisor. "She is a great leader for her team, both on and off the field."
Keith has started every match for the Longhorns this season, and has scored two goals on headers and also recorded two assists.
Like with her fellow teammates, Keith says good communication is also integral to doing well in class.
"Talking with professors definitely helps out," Keith said. "They need to know that you care and are willing to see them outside of the classroom for extra help."
Chris Petrucelli's soccer team is active in the community, volunteering annually with the Dell Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. The team also strives each year to achieve the highest team GPA among UT's sports programs.
"You have to care about your academics just as much as your on-field performance," Keith said. "We work hard towards our goals to get the highest GPA we can."