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Senior Duo Named Scholar All-Region by United Soccer Coaches

Jordan Thomas (left) and Lexi Short. Photos: Angie Palmer
Jordan Thomas (left) and Lexi Short. Photos: Angie Palmer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Franklin College seniors Jordan Thomas and Lexi Short earned Scholar All-Region honors from the United Soccer Coaches (USC), when the national association announced the recipients on Monday (Dec. 16) afternoon. 

Thomas, a forward on the men's soccer team and Short, goalkeeper for the FC women, were each named to the North/Central Region's third team for their combined efforts on the pitch and in the classroom. 

Whiteland, Ind.-native Thomas was a First Team All-HCAC selection after leading the Franklin men with eight goals and three assists for 19 points while playing in 18 contests. Thomas did the bulk of his damage in league play, scoring 15 points to tie for the most across the league table. He ends his career as the fourth-leading scorer in program history with 41 points (18G, 5A) and is tied with Dominic Favia for the fourth-most goals in school history.

Avon, Ind.-native Short collected First Team All-HCAC honors for the third time in her career in 2019 and added to her list of accomplishments by earning a spot on the United Soccer Coaches' Third Team All-Region last month. Short was the anchor of Franklin's defense in 2019, recording an .807 save percentage and a 1.51 goals against average with seven shutouts as Franklin went 7-2 in league play to finish third in the table.

For her career, Short recorded a 41-28-2 record with a 1.35 goals against and .802 save percentage with 26 shutouts, ending her career as the program's all-time leader in both wins and clean sheets.