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Kelcie Hedge

School

Santa Clara University

Position
Midfield
Major
Communication

Classroom

Kelcie Hedge will graduate in the fall with a B.A. in communications. After the 2018-19 academic year and heading into her final quarter, she maintains a 3.475 GPA. Her academic work earned her West Coast Conference All-Academic Honorable Mention honors as a redshirt junior in 2018.

Character

“Kelcie is unique in that she has the best of both worlds from what we’re looking for from student-athletes. She’s hardworking, she’s competitive, she’s tough, she’s determined, but she’s also very humble, very friendly, very welcoming. If you saw her off the soccer field, you would never know she was a competitive athlete. She wants to know who you are, get to know you and make you feel comfortable. Sometimes in sports, the really nice people aren’t edgy and tough and competitive enough. She gets it done in practice and game day every single week and is one of the nicest, friendliest, humble, team-first people you can imagine.” - Head Coach Jerry Smith

Community

Hedge has a long history of volunteering in the community. While at Santa Clara she has worked with the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI), doing clinics and hosting young girls at Santa Clara athletic events. Hedge and the team have also worked with the Austen Everett Foundation, welcoming children with serious illnesses as honorary captains before games. The children get to go in the locker room and spend time with the team. She has also read to students at Sunny Days Preschool, which is a school for children with autism.

Back home in Washington, she works with Spokane Soccer Academy during the winters and summers. The program focuses on the technical side of player development and nurturing a player’s desire to improve, helping them gain an understanding of what it really means to work toward a goal and encouraging them to develop the necessary work rate and focus to chase their dreams.

Hedge has also worked with Capernaum Young Life, which helps adolescents grow their faith.

Competition

Hedge was named to the 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy Watchlist after a banner year as a redshirt junior. In 2018 she was named a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist, first-team All-American, first-team All-West Region selection, the West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a first-team All-WCC honoree. She scored seven goals and two game-winners with two assists, including six goals in the first five conference games of the year, while starting all but one game.

As a redshirt sophomore, her first at Santa Clara after transferring from Washington, she started all 20 games and scored one goal with four assists.

As a freshman with the Huskies, she started all 21 games with four goals and three assists and was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.

(All stats as of nomination time.)