George, Thomas represent Tennessee Soccer on All-SEC squads

Two Tennessee soccer players have been selected to the 2020 All-Southeastern Conference teams
Mackenzie George and Jaida Thomas
Mackenzie George and Jaida Thomas(Tennessee Athletic Communications)
Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 3:09 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Two Tennessee soccer players have been selected to the 2020 All-Southeastern Conference teams, as the league office announced its postseason awards Thursday morning.

Voted on by the league’s head coaches, Mackenzie George was named Second Team All-SEC while Jaida Thomas was tabbed to the All-Freshman Team.

“Mackenzie and Jaida are very deserving of this recognition,” head coach Brian Pensky said. “These two were very important pieces in our run to an SEC East title, and we’re excited to see them honored today.”

Mackenzie George Second Team All-SEC

In her second season on Rocky Top, George picks up her first career All-SEC award with a second-team nod. The junior from Lincoln, California, has started all eight matches for the Vols this season, ranking third on the team with 705 minutes played. She tallied two assists to game-winning goals this fall, including a pass to Thomas in overtime that led to the golden goal that knocked off No. 10 Vanderbilt on September 27. George has made a habit of finding space and creating several dangerous chances for the Vols in the shortened 2020 campaign, ranking second on the team with 20 shots this season.

“Mackenzie has given opposing SEC back lines fits all season with her tenacious athleticism,” Pensky said. “Her dangerous play either directly or indirectly set up numerous scoring opportunities for us throughout the fall. It was nice to see the league’s head coaches recognize that.”

Jaida Thomas SEC All-Freshman Team

Thomas made an immediate impact for the Big Orange in her redshirt freshman campaign, leading the Vols with three goals that each went down as match-winners in SEC East divisional play. The forward from Irving, Texas, tallied scores against No. 10 Vanderbilt, Missouri and Florida as she tied for the conference lead in game-winning goals. Thomas also had a knack for putting shots on frame this fall, ranking third in the conference in shot accuracy with a .571 shot-on-goal percentage. She is the sixth Vol to be named on the SEC All-Freshman Team in the past seven seasons.

“Jaida has stepped up in a massive way this fall,” Pensky said. “She leads the SEC with three crucial game-winning goals that helped this program win the division title. Very proud of Jaida and excited to see what her future holds.”

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