Women's Soccer One of Two Pac-10 Teams to Receive Academic Honor

Jan. 14, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon women's soccer team, coming off its best record since it added the sport in 1996, can also hit the books.

The Ducks were one of two Pacific-10 Conference teams to achieve a minimum 3.0 grade-point average during the 2000-01 academic year. Washington also earned the honor. The two schools will be recognized Thursday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America at the 2002 NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia.

'I'm very happy to see the overall performance of the team has been balanced with a good understanding of academics and athletics,' seventh-year Oregon coach Bill Steffen said. 'Good grades don't happen by accident, and the kids have worked hard to achieve this for the third time since I've coached at Oregon.'

Oregon finished last season with an 8-8-2 record for its best winning percentage under Steffen. It also landed four players on the Pac-10 All-Academic team.

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