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GSU’s Pena garners SWAC soccer Offensive Player of the Year award

Friday, April 9, 2021
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Grambling State’s Kailey Pena was honored as the SWAC Soccer Offensive Player of the Year and also first team all-conference.

The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced its Spring 2021 Soccer Postseason Honors on Wednesday afternoon. Junior forward Kailey Pena was named Offensive Player of the Year and first team all-conference.

Pena, the super striker, led the league in goals this season and served as a major contributor to the Lady Tigers, who finished in second place in the league’s final regular season standings.

The Lady Tigers also led the conference in goals this season, with Pena ranking at the top with 13. Pena was also tabbed for SWAC Offensive Player of the Week twice this season.

Pena was joined by three of her teammates who received post-season honors as well. Junior midfielder Haylee O’Leary was named first team all-conference. Freshman midfielder Paula Burillo-Blasco and junior defender Kamaron Powell were named second teamall conference.

The Lady Tigers ended the regular season on a four-game winning streak.

Grambling State faced Arkansas Pine-Bluff in the quarterfinal round of the SWAC tournament beginning on Thursday.