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Former Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer star Kelsey Neal put together a big 2011 season at the Colorado School of Mines.
Neal, who graduated in 2010, was one of two CSM Orediggers named to the Division II All-American team. Neal was picked as a third team All-American by the D-II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Neal, a sophomore for the Orediggers, is the first defender in program history to be named to the All-America team.
This season, the Orediggers shut out four of their last five opponents on their way to a berth in the Division-II women’s soccer Elite Eight, while allowing just nine total shots on goal during that stretch.
In the postseason, CSM blanked Grand Valley State, the two-time defending national champion.
In high school, Neal was a multi-year starter for the Hilltoppers. In her senior year with Los Alamos, Neal was named the co-District 2-4A Player of the Year and was an All-State Honorable Mention. She was among Los Alamos’ leading scorers with 14 goals and led all of Class 4A with 19 assists, leading Los Alamos to the 4A championship game.
The Neal family is one of the most prolific soccer families in Los Alamos history. Avery Neal was a standout player at Pacific University in Oregon, while Kelsey’s little sister Amy earned the 4A Player of the Year title last month playing for the Hilltoppers.
Kelsey Neal was also the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and All-Region first team selection in 2011. Neal and the CSM defense led the conference in goals against average (0.70) and shutouts with 12 this season.
Also, she scored CSM’s only goal in the RMAC semifinals game against Fort Lewis College. She finished the season with four goals and one assist along with anchoring the Orediggers’ defense.
CSM is located in Golden, Colo.