Cal Women's Soccer Honored by NCAA

May 4, 2009

BERKELEY - The California women's soccer team has been recognized for top academic performance as part of the NCAA's academic reform program. The awards are given each year to teams placing in the top 10 percent in their respective sport based on their Academic Progress Rate scores.

The Bears are one of 35 women's soccer teams and one of the three Pacific-10 Conference teams to be lauded. Cal scored 995 out of a possible 1,000 in its four-year APR average.

The APR was developed by the NCAA to gauge schools' academic accountability and provides a 'real-time' snapshot of academic success each semester by looking at the current progress of every student-athlete. Now in its fifth year, the APR measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on each team, in addition to serving as a predictor of graduation success.

The 2008 Bear squad recorded the program's 23rd winning season, finishing 10-9-1 overall and going 3-5-1 in Pac-10 play to finish sixth in the competitive league. The 2008 campaign also saw Cal, which is in its second year under head coach Neil McGuire, earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for its fifth consecutive and 16th overall trip to the postseason.

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