CSU Women's Soccer Team Selects Captains for 2018 Season

CSU Women's Soccer Team Selects Captains for 2018 Season

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Seniors Grace Clark, Emilie Gilbert and Peyton Motley have been chosen as captains for the 2018 Charleston Southern women's soccer team by the coaching staff and players.

Clark and Gilbert have served as two of the anchors of a strong Buccaneer defense over the past three years while Motley came to CSU as a walk-on and earned the first significant playing time of her career last season.

Clark has started all 54 games during her career and rarely leaves the field, having played in all but 123 of a possible 3,351 minutes the past two seasons. In addition to being a leader of a defense that allowed only 25 goals in 18 games last year, including just 11 in nine Big South contests, Clark often joins in the attack, taking six shots with three on goal while contributing an assist against UNC Asheville.

"It's a huge privilege to be respected enough by my coaches and teammates to be selected as a captain," said Clark. "Leadership is a huge part of being a senior, and I hope to serve in that role every day on and off the field."

Gilbert has played in 42 games with 36 starts in her career and was chosen to the All-Big South second team last season. She was second on the team in minutes played with 1,635 of a possible 1,691 and added three shots with one on goal.

"It's an honor and a blessing to be named a captain of this team," said Gilbert. "As a captain, I want to exemplify the standard we expect this program to be at."

Motley became one of the top offensive threats on the team after moving into the starting lineup midway through the 2017 campaign. She started nine of the final 10 games and played in 13 contests overall, finishing fourth on the Bucs in shots with 24 and shots on goal with 12. Motley tallied her first career goal against UNC Asheville, capping the scoring in a 3-0 victory.

"Being a captain means leading by example and wanting my teammates to have a leader who takes action," said Motley. "It's both a humbling and honorable position to be in, and I know this season will be our best yet."

CSU plays exhibition games at USC Beaufort tomorrow and against Miami (Fla.) on Saturday in Daytona Beach. The regular season gets underway on August 19 when the Bucs visit Wofford for a noon kickoff. 


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