IRVING, Texas – With the completion of the 2023 regular season, officials from the American Athletic Conference announced the league’s women’s soccer honors on Monday. UTSA freshman goalkeeper Jasmine Kessler was among those recognized, earning a spot on the AAC’s All-Rookie Team for her efforts between the pipes for the Roadrunners – earning the first all-conference honor since joining the AAC for both soccer and UTSA's program overall.
Kessler (Spring, Texas) was thrust into action following the sixth game of the season but performed like a seasoned veteran in the role despite playing immediately in her first season since graduating from Klein Collins High School in the northern Houston suburbs.
Kessler closed out her rookie campaign back at home with her fifth shutout of the season, helping UTSA to a 2-0 victory over Rice in Houston. In 12 starts, she finished with a 4-5-3 record while allowing just eight goals for a 0.67 goals-against-average (GAA) – setting both the UTSA freshman record and a new single-season program record. She logged 37 saves to produce an 0.822 save percentage that places her third in the single-season records. Kessler also allowed the second-fewest goals against a freshman in UTSA history and ties for the second-most rookie shutouts.
For the season on the national stage, Kessler’s GAA ranks 38th in the NCAA, while she has the 66th-best save percentage and 112th-most shutouts. Among AAC rankings, Kessler comes in at third in GAA, fourth in save percentage, fourth in shutouts and shutout average, sixth in saves per game (3.08) and eighth in saves. She earned four of her shutouts against AAC foes. Kessler earned a spot on the AAC’s Weekly Honor Roll twice in her first year at UTSA.
"This is a tremendous recognition for Jasmine and all she has accomplished this season,” head coach Derek Pittman said. “This is a massive reflection on how strong our whole team has been defensively and I'm happy to see Jasmine get recognized amongst the best in the AAC. It gives us all confidence moving forward into the offseason and next fall."
Taking on their first season as members of the American Athletic Conference, the Roadrunners finished the season with a 7-7-4 overall record and 2-4-3 mark against conference opposition.
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