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Kelsey Ponder
Player Profile:
Kelsey Ponder 2103856
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 5'7"
Year: Junior
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
High School: St. Joseph Academy
Major: Biological Science
Experience: 2 Letters

SOPHOMORE (2016): Became the seventh player in school history to earn All-Conference status when she was named to the All-SBC Second-Team at the end of the season … broke the A-State single season record for saves with 112 (previous record was 108 by Susan Brown in 2009) … finished the year ranked 15th in the nation in total saves … her 6.59 saves per game average is the second highest in school history and ranked as the 12th best in the nation … stopped 15 shots at Murray State on Sept. 4, a mark that is tied for the second most saves in a game in school history … her six wins on the season are the second most for a goalkeeper in school history … she also logged the second most minutes in goal in school history with 1,563:15 … finished with a 1.15 goals against average for the year, the second lowest in school history … tied the school record for the most shutouts in one season with four … also tied the school record for the most ties in a single-season with three … named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

FRESHMAN (2015): Played in 10 matches, including eight starts in goal … tied for the team lead in saves with 49 … tied for the team lead with wins by a goalkeeper … had a .754 saves percentage … stopped a season-high 11 saves against South Alabama on Oct. 25 … played a season-high 102 minutes against Central Arkansas on Aug. 28.

HIGH SCHOOL: She helped lead her team to a state championship this past season. As a four-year starter she earned all-conference awards in 2012 and 2013 after leading her team to the semifinals in each of those seasons and then earned all-state accolades as a senior in 2014. She finished her final year with a 23-1 record (.957 winning percentage), had a 0.39 goal against average, a .914 saves percentage and finished the year with 20 shutouts. 

CLUB TEAM: She was a member of Lou Fusz club team and won state championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Her club was a Region II finalist in 2010 and captured the Disney Soccer Showcase in 2013. Lou Fusz also participated in the National League in 2011-12, the MRL Premier League from 2011-13 and has reached the Missouri State finals in each of the last five seasons with Ponder serving as the team's goalkeeper. In addition to soccer, Ponder was a four-year all-conference player in softball at St. Joseph Academy and earned the distinct honor of speaking at the International Marine Science Convention in Hawaii in 2014.

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