Gilliland, King, VanLandingham Named 2013 Captains
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Arin
Gilliland, Kayla King and Ashley VanLandingham were named captains for
the 2013 University of Kentucky women’s soccer team, it was announced
by head coach Jon Lipsitz and his staff on Tuesday.
take a lot of pride in determining our captains, and it is something we
don’t take lightly,” Lipsitz said. “We ask a lot out of our captains on
and off the field, and they are the best of the best. All three of the
young women that our staff selected display the best attributes of our
program and we will be relying on them to lead up to our goals for the
2013 season. I can trust all three of them to give us a pulse on the
team and help us to become the best team we can become.”
enters the 2013 season as the top-returning goal scorer from 2012,
where she accumulated 21 points off of seven goals and seven assists.
For her monumental efforts on the field, Gilliland was named a
Third-team All-American and First-Team All-Southeastern Conference in
King, a senior from Louisville, Ky., finished the
2012 season with a 1.02 goals against average, including back-to-back
shutouts against Tennessee and Georgia, which earned her SEC Defensive
Player of the Week and CollegeSoccerMadness.com National Defensive
Player of the Week honors that week. King posted a clean sheet in six
of her 15 starts, including the Wildcats’ first-ever NCAA Tournament
win over UT-Martin in Lexington.
VanLandingham enters the
2013 season as a captain, even after suffering a season-ending ACL
injury in the spring season. Although VanLandingham will not play in
2013, she will still be a captain and serve as a key contributor in all
the team’s functions and meetings. The senior, who hails from Ashville,
N.C., has played in every game since arriving in Lexington three years
ago on the back line. In 2012, VanLandingham scored two goals in the
first two games of the season off set pieces.