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Kelsey Carpenter


University of Texas

Kelsey Carpenter


Kelsey Carpenter majors in Sport Management with a 3.75 GPA. She garnered the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-America honors after being selected a NSCAA Scholar Athlete All-South Region standout during her junior season. In 2006, she also earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI Second Team accolades. Named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team twice, she earned a spot on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll during five semesters. Adding even more to her academic success Carpenter has been named to the 2007 ESPN the Magazine Academic First Team All District VI.


Carpenter’s coaches and teammates describe her as passionate and fiercely competitive. She is one of three captains of the 2007 UT soccer team and is someone who leads by example. She voices her opinion while striving to create and maintain team unity. She is a vocal leader who works to motivate the team to be the best, on and off the field. She often displays care and concern for others by assisting new student-athletes adjust to college life. She spends the first few weeks of the fall semester helping her new teammates get identification cards and textbooks, and showing them around campus.


Noted for her community service, Carpenter spent the summer of 2005 on a missionary trip to Africa, helping Didinga tribe members with clothing needs, medicine and water purification projects. She sets the example for the Longhorns with her performance on a stage of the best teams in Division I athletics. Her compassion extends into the Central Texas community and internationally. She worked for the Texas School for the Deaf and three local Austin churches. Carpenter combined her passion for her Christian faith with the opportunity, and aided the pastor at Austin’s Jesus Lutheran Church during programs and special events.


Carpenter is one of the most decorated Texas Soccer student-athletes in the program’s 14-year history. She is the fifth NSCAA All-American in school history. In July of 2007, she starred on the U.S. Under-21 National Team and helped the team win the 2007 Nordic Cup in July. The two-time NSCAA All-Central Region selection has led or shared the lead for UT’s scoring offense for the last three years. On the conference level, the two-time All-Big 12 selection was tabbed the 2006 Big 12 Soccer Tournament Most Valuable Performer after she scored in each of the three matches leading up to UT’s first Big 12 soccer tournament championship. She holds the UT school record in game-winning goals with eight in a single season, which she set as a junior, and is in the top five in six offensive categories – both individual and career. During Carpenter’s tenure, UT has advanced to the NCAA third round (round of 16) twice and was selected as a No. 1 national seed in 2006.