Pair named to TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 100 Freshmen list
Oct. 9, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Soccer players Lindsey Meyer and Abby Smith have been named two of the top 100 freshmen in the country, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com, which published its annual list of the nation's top rookies Tuesday morning. The organization also provided an updated ranking of its top 100 upperclassmen, and senior midfielder/forward Kristin Cummins checked in 65th.
Meyer was ranked 39th while Smith stood 40th among the freshmen. Meyer, a midfielder, is the lone rookie on this year's squad to start all 13 matches. She is tied for the team lead in goals with four and also owns a squad-best two goals in Big 12 action. The Coppell, Texas, native is the first UT freshman to record two or more goals in league action since current senior Hannah Higgins notched three in 2009. At Iowa State on Sept. 21, Meyer tallied a career-high two strikes with headers off corner kicks. She scored her first career goal against Toledo on Aug. 26.
Smith spent Aug. 10-Sept. 10 in Japan as a member of the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team, which won the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup championship with a 1-0 victory over Germany. Since returning to the team, Smith has started all five matches and helped the Longhorns to a 4-0-1 record. The goalkeeper was selected as the Sept. 25 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after shutting out Iowa State and Oklahoma in her league debut. The Plano, Texas, product has already posted four shutouts, tied for the second most by a rookie in program history.
Cummins paces the Longhorns with 12 points and is tied for the squad lead in goals with four and game-winning tallies with two. The Lewisville, Texas, native was named to the Aug. 20 TopDrawerSoccer.com and Aug. 23 Soccer America Team of the Week after opening her final campaign with two goals, including the game winner, and an assist against Dayton in helping UT to a 3-2 overtime victory. Her four assists this year are two more than her career total entering the season. Cummins was also rated as the ninth-best player in the Big 12, according to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Midseason Big 12 Top 20 Team.
Texas (6-6-1, 3-0-0 Big 12) returns to action Friday hosting Texas Tech (10-4-0, 2-2-0 Big 12) for a 5:30 p.m. contest. The Longhorns wrap up the weekend welcoming Kansas (8-4-2, 2-2-0 Big 12) to Austin for a 1 p.m. Sunday match.