Fawke, Fouch Named Candidates for 2014 Senior CLASS Award

Sept. 2, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - A pair of Missouri State soccer defensive standouts were named candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award, it was announced on Tuesday. Seniors James Fawke and Kelsey Fouch were each one of 30 candidates and both are reigning Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year for their sport.

Fawke returned for his senior season after starting all 18 games for the regular season champions and earning the league's top defensive honor a year ago. The Cheltenham, England, native was paramount in Missouri State leading all of Division I in goals against average, at 0.41. In addition to being named team captain his junior season, Fawke was recognized as an NSCAA Division 1 Men's All-Midwest Region First Team selection, MVC All-Conference and Scholar-Athlete first team selections, and a Second Team NSCAA Scholar All-America Selection. Off the field, Fawke volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Boys and Girls Club, maintains a 3.45 cumulative GPA, and is expected to graduate in spring of 2015 with a degree in Business Management.

Fouch became the eighth Missouri State recipient of the league's top defensive award and was named to the All-MVC first team in 2013. Fouch was a member of the MVC All-Freshman team in 2011 and was an all-conference honorable mention selection that season as well. On October 4, 2011, she was named the league's Newcomer of the Week. In 2012, she was pivotal to the Bears' 685 minute home shutout streak. Fouch earned Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete honorable mention in 2012 and 2013. She was named NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region second team in 2013. Fouch was the recipient of the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award on October 2, 2013. She has participated or volunteered with Champion Athletes, Relay for Life, the Ronald McDonald House, the Boys and Girls Club and an Adopt-A-Highway style community street clean-up project. Fouch has a 3.66 cumulative GPA and is an exercise and movement science major.

Sixty NCAA men's and women's soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer. Each of the two candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup championships in December.

For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

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