USC's Penelope Hocking Named to Academic All-America Second Team
LOS ANGELES – The CoSIDA Academic All-America soccer teams were announced on Monday (July 5) and USC's Penelope Hocking became the second Trojan to earn the honor after being named to the second team.
Hocking has been racking up the awards this offseason, earning Academic All-District honors last month (for the second year in a row) to go along with a slew of on-field accolades. She garnered the academic recognition after posting a 3.44 GPA as a computer science major.
To earn the academic honor, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at their current institution. Nominated student-athletes are voted on by CoSIDA members in order to earn a spot on the All-America teams.
Hocking has also been named a First-Team All-American and the Pac-12 Forward of the Year, along with being a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
The junior striker is well on her way to becoming USC's all-time leading scorer, sitting second on the Trojan scoring list with 42 career goals. She scored 10 goals and notched three assists this season, leading USC to a second-place finish in the Pac-12 and the program's seventh straight postseason appearance.
Alex Anthony is the only other Trojan to garner Academic All-American recognition, earning the honor in 2017. Hocking is also the only USC player to be named to the Academic All-District team twice.