Pac-10 Lauds 11 Golden Bears for Academic Excellence
Nov. 25, 2009
BERKELEY - Eleven California women's soccer student-athletes were recognized for their success off the field and in the classroom with placement on various All-Pac-10 academic teams, the conference office announced recently. Redshirt junior Lisa Kevorkian, who is majoring in media studies, earned the Golden Bears' highest honors on the second team for her 3.53 grade-point average. Brianna Bak, Katie Benz, Danielle Brunache, Megan Jesolva, Alex Morgan, Katie Oakes, Katrin Omarsdottir, Gina Pellegrini, Emily Shibata and Miranda White were all given honorable mentions.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.
Kevorkian led the Bears with five game-winning goals, including one in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Auburn. Bak, a stalwart defender in her fourth year with the Bears, started 19 of the 19 games in which she played. Benz, a 5-5 forward out of Sonoma, Calif., saw significant playing time in the first five games before being sidelined with an injury.
Brunache started all 21 games, most of which she played the entirety, and is a key member of Cal's backline. Jesolva, whose playing time was also limited due to injury, finished the year with two assists. For the second year, Morgan paced the Bears in multiple categories - goals (14), assists (eight), points (36) and shots (97).
Co-captaining the team, Oakes was a crucial member of this year's senior class and scored thrice and notched two assists. Pellegrini was the starting goalie for the Bears, accumulating over 1300 minutes between the post, 42 saves and a 1.62 goals-allowed average. Shibata, who hails from nearby Walnut Creek, Calif., started all but three games for the Bears and had one assist. White had two goals and two assists for six points in 20 games of play in 2009.
Kevorkian was also named to the second team last season while Bak, Morgan, Oakes, Pellegrini and Shibata also earned honorable-mention status last season.
The 2009 Bears recorded the program's sixth-consecutive winning record and the 23rd in school history with an 11-9-1 overall record. Cal, which earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, advanced to the second round of the Big Dance for the first time in three years.
Second Team Pac-10 All-Academic (Cal team only)