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TACOMA, Wash. -Pacific Lutheran University women's soccer student-athlete Machaela Graddy added yet another accolade to her resume on Thursday, earning United Soccer Coaches All-American honors.
Graddy lands a spot on the Third Team and is the lone Northwest Conference representative on the All-American team that comprised of a First, Second, and Third Team of 15 players each, representing all 433 NCAA Division III member institutions. The Lutes have now had a representative on the USC All-American Team in each of the last two seasons with goalkeeper Takara Mitsui earning Second Team honors in 2016.
The award is the latest in a laundry list of accolades for the standout forward. The Eatonville, Washington native is a two-time NWC Offensive Player of the Year, a three-time USC All-West Region selection, and a three-time All-NWC honoree.
The senior finished the season as the NWC leader in both assists (nine) and points (33), while ranking second in the league in goals scored with 12. Graddy played in all 22 games this season for the Northwest Conference Champion Lutes (17-3-2, 13-2-1 NWC), making 20 starts and securing three game-winning goals. She sits sixth in program history in both career goals (41) and points (103), while sitting 10th on the all-time list in assists (21). Graddy has additionally netted game-winning goals in 15 of the 83 career games she's appeared in for the Lutes.
A two-sport athlete and a national qualifier in the javelin as a member of the PLU women's track & field team, Graddy's impact on the field extends beyond individual accolades. Graddy and her fellow seniors have compiled an impressive 62-12-9 record over the last four seasons, the most wins by a senior class in the NCAA era at PLU. The Lute seniors have additionally compiled a 36-2-2 record in home games at East Field while winning two NWC titles and making two NCAA Tournament appearances.