Gault, Smith To Train With U-21 Women's National Team

Jan. 13, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Two members of the University of Kansas women’s soccer team have been invited to training camp with the Under-21 United States women’s soccer national team. Junior Caroline Smith and sophomore Holly Gault were selected to train with the national team following their outstanding seasons for the Jayhawks in 2004.

“This is a great honor for both Caroline and Holly,” said Kansas head coach Mark Francis. “It is a great reflection of our program that our players are beginning to receive national attention. I’m very proud for both of them, and I know that they will represent the University of Kansas very well.”

Gault, a sophomore from Spring Hill, Kan., anchored a young Jayhawk defense, which surrendered only 13 goals all season and finished ninth in the country with a team goals against average of 0.55. Gault finished fourth on the club with 13 points during the season, tallying four goals and five assists during the year, including a career-high two assists in the Big 12 Championship clinching match against Iowa State on Oct. 29. Following the season, Gault was selected as a first team All-American by both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and SoccerBuzz.

For the second consecutive season, Caroline Smith garnered All-America honors, as she was named a third-team performer by the NSCAA and an honorable selection by SoccerBuzz. Smith, a junior from Edina, Minn., who entered the season as the program’s all-time leading scorer, led KU in scoring for the third consecutive season. Smith topped the Jayhawks in goals (11), assists (10) and points (32). During the season, Smith collected three or more points in six matches and set a school record with the least time elapsed between goals, when she tallied a pair of goals 48 seconds apart on Oct. 3 in 3-0 win over Baylor.