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By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor
Camryn Davis is off to a stellar start for the Jacksonville State women’s soccer team.
The 2022 Southside High graduate and JSU sophomore was recently named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week after scoring five goals and adding one assist in the Gamecocks’ first two games of the 2023 season.
According to jaxstatesports.com, Davis is the school’s first athlete to be selected for the above award.
Davis scored four goals and assisted on another in JSU’s 13-0 victory over South Carolina State on Sunday, August 20. Davis also scored a goal in the team’s 5-0 season-opening win over Alabama A&M on August 17.
Against SCSU, Davis and teammate Laleh Lonteen became the third and fourth Jacksonville State players to score four goals in one match. Davis capped the first-half scoring with a goal in the 41st minute and recorded a second-half hat trick with scores in the 54th, 60th and 61st minutes. The team’s 13 goals went down as the fourth-most in CUSA history.
Davis made an immediate impact in her move up the pitch to forward in the season opener against Alabama A&M, breaking a scoreless tie in the 50th minute of a 5-0 win.
Davis finished with 11 points on the weekend while having nine total shots, including five on-goal looks.
“It’s been a position change for Cam this year,” said JSU head coach Sean Fraser. “I’ve moved her forward to the front line. I’ve felt like she will help us there with pressing and getting the ball higher on the pitch, and she is really clever on the runs.”
Davis was named to the 2022 Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Super All-State team and made the ASWA Class 6A first team following her junior and senior seasons and was selected The Messenger Player of the Year her senior year. With Davis in the starting lineup her freshman, junior and senior seasons, the Lady Panthers went 75-12-4 while finishing Class 4A-5A state runner up in 2019 and Class 6A state semifinalists in 2021 and 2022. Most of her sophomore season in 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This article was supplemented by jaxstatesports.com.