Former Lady Viking soccer standouts honored by MEC

Mark Martin

Familiar names with Jackson County ties dotted the list of postseason awards for Mountain East Conference women’s soccer.

The NCAA Division II league, comprised mostly of small colleges in West Virginia, announced its All-MEC First and Second Teams recently and there were not one, but two, former Ripley Vikings who were recognized.

Mackenzie Gillispie and Taylor Kennedy, who play at Fairmont State University, received All-MEC honors for a second straight year.

Gillispie, a sophomore, was a First Team pick as a midfielder. She was also an All-MEC First Team pick in 2019.

During this past spring season (the fall season was cancelled due to COVID-19), Gillispie scored one goal and had two assists.

She had a game-winning goal in the MEC quarterfinals against the University of Charleston.

On the season, she produced a .600 shot on goal average.

Following the 2019 season, Gillispie was selected to the D2CCA All-Region Second Team.

Kennedy was named the goalkeeper on the All-MEC Second Team.

She was a First Team pick in 2019.

During the spring season, Kennedy posted a 5-1-4 mark as Fairmont’s goalkeeper.

Along the way she turned in six shutouts, ranking her fifth in the country. In her two-year career at Fairmont, Kennedy has 18 shutouts.

Kennedy allowed only six goals total during the 2021 spring season. She had 50 saves on the year in 10 starts, ranking 15th in save percentage at .938. She was also 16th in goals against average this season.