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ST. LOUIS -- Saint Louis sophomore defender Alli Klug (Webster Groves, Mo./Nerinx Hall H.S.) has been chosen to the NCAA Division I women’s soccer All-America third team by the United Soccer Coaches, formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Klug becomes the second student-athlete in Billiken women’s soccer history to earn an All-America nod from the nation’s coaches. Goalkeeper Meghann Burke was named to the second team in 2002.

The All-America announcement comes just two days after Klug was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region first team. Earlier this month she collected Atlantic 10 first-team All-Conference plaudits as well as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award.

Klug’s performance along the back line helped lift Saint Louis to the top of the A-10 in goals against average (0.49) and shutouts (13, including seven vs. A-10 opponents). The Billikens were 10th in the nation in both categories. Her 1,716 minutes (85.8 per game) ranked second among Billiken field players, and she played every minute in 16 of SLU’s 20 games. Klug and her teammates allowed just 8.5 total shots, 3.9 shots on goal and 2.6 corner kicks per game.

Klug earned an A-10 Defensive Player of the Week award, and she also contributed in the attacking third by scoring five goals, all against conference foes. She netted game-winners in consecutive contests vs. George Washington (in the 90th minute) and Rhode Island.

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