Dutton wraps up solid spring at Kent St.

Jaclyn Dutton is a goal-oriented person.

What soccer player wouldn’t be?

The former St. Clairsville scoring machine recently completed her first season at Kent State University. During the fall season, she led the Golden Flashes to a 12-8 record and the Mid-American Conference East title.

Then, during the spring campaign, she again sparkled as KSU went 3-0-1.

“I’m happy with the way I played,” she said in a recent interview.

According to Dutton, who transferred after her freshman season at Clemson University, she scored goals in three of the four spring games. That comes after tallying half-a-dozen net-finders during the fall campaign. She also added six assists in the fall to record a team-high tying 18 points.

“I’d like to score 10 goals next fall,” Dutton noted. “That’s a goal that is very doable for me.

“As a team, we’d like to defend our MAC East championship,” she allowed. “We should be a lot stronger next season. We did lose six seniors, but we’ve got a very talented recruiting class coming in.”

Last fall, Dutton started all 20 games for the Golden Flashes. She was one of eight players that accomplished that feat. She played 1,411 minutes, which was the seventh most on the team, and led the team with 57 shots, 22 of which were on goal. She recorded a pair of game-winning goals, including one in overtime to beat rival Bowling Green. She was also 1-for-1 on penalty kicks.

For her accomplishments, she was accorded Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association’s Division I All-Ohio honors.

Dutton still holds a couple of state records. They are most goals scored in a game (13). She is tied for that record on the girls side. Her 51 goals during her senior season rank seventh among girls all-time, while her 192 career twine-ticklers are the most for a female and the second most all-time in Ohio, only trailing Canton Central Catholic’s Calum Latham, who netted 198 from 2008-11.

Smelley Sightings

Former Bridgeport football standouts Chris and Curt Smelley are listed on the 2012 West Virginia University football roster as walk-ons.

According to Mike Montoro, Director of Football Communications, Chris is listed as a fullback, while Curt is among the linebacker candidates.

The Smelley’s transferred from West Liberty University.

North can be reached at knorth@timesleaderonline.com