FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas soccer senior Kailey Anders has been nominated for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Anders is a third-year starter from Allen, Texas. She was one of four Razorbacks to start all 19 games last year. She also started all 19 games as a sophomore. As a freshman in 2008, she played in 18 games with two starts.
Anders and the Razorbacks play host to Oklahoma on Saturday at 7 p.m. in an exhibition game at Razorback Field. The official season-opener is Friday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at Razorback Field against SMU.
The Senior CLASS Award was created in 2001 as an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. The award honors the seniors who remain committed to their university and elect to pursue the many rewards a senior season can bring.
Eligibility for the award is based on the following criteria: the athlete must be an NCAA Division I senior who will exhaust her eligibility at the end of the current season; community – the individual has been involved in community and charitable activities that have utilized her status as a college athlete to make an impact in worthwhile causes; classroom – the nominee is on track to graduation, has received academic achievements, has maintained a strong GPA, and/or holds career interests outside of playing soccer; character – the candidate has multiple examples of leadership, overcoming obstacles, teamwork, work ethic, integrity, etc.; competition – the athlete has had multiple athletic achievements during her collegiate career and has played a major role in the success of the team.
"Kailey is the type of young woman who will leave a footprint wherever she lands in life," head coach Erin Aubry says. "She has the kind of personality that others gravitate toward because she’s always upbeat and positive. This is one of the main reasons she is on our leadership council. She naturally brings up the energy and enthusiasm around her."
Anders’ participation in community service events include working with the Special Olympics (setting up equipment and running events), the Fayetteville Animal Shelter (walking dogs and cleaning laundry), a 5-K Running Club at Butterfield Elementary School (an after-school physical fitness program), the Samaritan House Soup Kitchen (serving lunch and washing dishes), Life Source Adult Education (teaching English to adults), Seven Hills Homeless Shelter (serving meals and washing dishes), Laundry Love (laundry at Seven Hills), V-8 Soccer Team (helping with exercises and practice), tornado relief cleanup (picked up debris and helped feed families after the tornado hit nearby Cincinnati in January), Martin Luther King Youth Day (played volleyball and basketball, and interacted with 50 children from local community) and Salvation Army Kids’ Games (spoke to and interacted with children at Elmdale Elementary School).
In addition, Anders also spent a month on a mission trip in Honduras.
"Kailey is always willing to go out of her way for her friends and teammates, and puts them first at all costs," Aubry says. "She is truly selfless in the team environment."
Her efforts in the community also helped the soccer team win the Lee Spencer Cup. The Lee Spencer Cup is a UA Athletic Department competition between all Razorback teams. The squad accumulating the most points in personal growth and development programs, including community service and academics, wins the Cup.
Academically, Anders has a 3.874 cumulative GPA in communication disorders. She was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America District VI second team in 2010. Anders was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2010, 2009 and 2008. Four times she has been on UA’s Academic Champion Honor Roll for a 4.0 GPA (spring 2011, fall 2010, spring 2010, fall 2009). She has also been on the UA Dean’s List for spring 2011, fall 2010, spring 2010 and fall 2009.
On the field, in 2010, she was one of only three non-goalkeepers to start all 19 games and her 1,739 minutes ranked second on the team. Counting overtime play, she averaged more than 91 minutes per game. Anders took 13 shots with four on goal for a percentage of .308. She helped Arkansas record six shutouts, including a 0-0 double-overtime tie at No. 17 Georgia.
In 2009, she was one of only three Razorbacks to start all 19 games. Her 1,686 minutes were fourth on the team. She earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week and Soccer America Women’s Team of the Week honors. She scored one goal, the game-winner at Michigan. She took nine shots with five on goal for a percentage of .556. The only non-keeper to play more than 1,000 minutes, she helped Arkansas set school records with 10 shutouts, four SEC shutouts and a 0.80 goals against average, and record consecutive winning seasons for the first time in school history.
As a freshman in 2008, she played in 18 games with two starts. She tied for the team lead with four assists. She also scored goals against South Carolina and LSU.
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