NSCAA Recognizes Women's Soccer for Academic Achievement

Dec. 2, 2009

BERKELEY - The California women's soccer team was bestowed with the Team Academic Award by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, it was announced recently. The NSCAA awarded all teams with a 3.0 grade-point average or higher.

'The players deserve a lot of credit for maintaining very good grades whilst competing in this very competitive Pac-10 Conference, as well amongst the nation's top teams,' Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. 'It is good to see our team being focused both in the classroom and on the field.'

In addition to the NSCAA team award, 11 Golden Bears 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.

The Bears finished the season at an 11-9-1 clip for the program's sixth-consecutive winning record and the 23nd in school history. Cal went 4-5-0 in the Pac-10 to finish tied for sixth in the competitive conference. With an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, this year's selection marked Cal's 17th playoff bid in program history, the 11th in the last 12 years and the sixth straight. Thanks to a 2-1 overtime win over Auburn in the opening round, the Bears advanced to the second round, in which they lost, 3-0, to host and No. 1-seeded Florida State.

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