Declan Rodriguez concluded his collegiate soccer career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in style, earning the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week Award.
The Richmond Youth Soccer product tallied a pair of goals on six shots as the Panthers rolled to a convincing 4-0 win over Northern Kentucky on Senior Night. His first came on a header in the 14th minute that stood up as his third game-winner of the season. His second was a breakaway in the 47th minute.
Rodriguez finished his final season among the top 10 scorers in the Horizon League and tied for second place in goals.
The Panthers finished the 2015 campaign with a 5-10-3 overall record, including 2-5-2 in conference play.
Rodriguez came through Richmond Youth Soccer as part of a powerhouse Metro team that won five straight league championships. He was also among the initial players signed by the Whitecaps FC Residency program.
He has wasted little time in moving on to the next chapter of his soccer career as one of four Panthers to sign with the Milwaukee Torrent for their inaugural season in the American Soccer League.
Torrent coach Andreas Davi is impressed with Rodriguez’s versatility.
“Through the years, he’s played every position almost except goalie, I think. He can play center back, he can play holding midfield, he can be on the wing,” Davi said. “It’s great to have a guy like him who is so versatile.It’s always good to have two or three guys on the roster that you can put wherever and they’ll play their hearts out.”
Meanwhile, another Richmond player has been recognized for her outstanding season south of the border by earning all conference honours.
Summer Clarke was one of three players from the LSU Tigers named to the All-SEC Team.
The junior forward finished second in scoring for the Tigers with seven goals and four assists, despite missing the last four games of conference play with an injury. Prior to be sidelined, Clarke ranked among the top 20 scorers among NCAA Division One schools.
LSU reached the national tournament for the first time since 2011, falling 4-0 to South Alabama in the opening round.