Flory and Gomez Earn All-OVC Soccer Honors

Nov 6, 2014

(L to R) Junior defender Kelsey Gomez and senior forward Jade Flory
Credit MSU Athletics

Morehead State senior forward Jade Flory and junior defender Kelsey Gomez have earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors for the 2014 soccer season.

"I'm very proud of Jade and Kelsey for their accomplishments this season," Head Coach Warren Lipka said. "They are both very deserving of these awards and the recognition."

Flory has posted 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points in 20 matches this year. She ranks third in the OVC in points (1.55) and goals per match (0.60), while placing fourth in assists average (0.35).

A native of Chambersburg, Pa., Flory collected a season-best three goals on Aug. 29 in a 3-1 win at Illinois-Chicago. She scored twice in a 4-1 victory over Appalachian State on Sept. 5 and netted the same number in a 3-0 blanking of Tennessee Tech exactly one month later.

Flory, who was tabbed as the 2013 OVC Player of the Year, would be on pace to easily shatter Morehead State's career records for points, goals and assists if she was a four-year player.

The Youngstown State transfer, who is wrapping up her second campaign with the Eagles, currently places third all-time in points (65), third in goals (26) and fourth in assists (13).

"Jade has been a special player for our program the past two years," Lipka said. "Her numbers and accomplishments speak for themselves. She's had another very solid season, and my hope is all of our seniors can go out with another OVC Tournament championship."

Gomez has helped the Morehead State defense rank fourth in the conference in goals against average (1.23). The Eagle defenders have also combined on four shutouts this season.

A native of Katy, Texas, Gomez has registered one goal and one assist in 2014.

"Our defense has been strong most of the season, and Kelsey has been one of the reasons why," Lipka added. "We've almost doubled our opponents in total shots and shots on goal, which is certainly a credit to all of our defenders and many of our midfielders."

MSU finished the regular season 10-5-5 overall and 5-3-2 in league play. The sixth-seeded Eagles open the annual conference tournament against third-seeded Murray State on Thursday at 5 p.m.

The semifinals are on Friday, with the championship match on Sunday. All contests will be played at Houck Stadium in Cape Girardeau, Mo.