Oregon State Soccer Teams Earn Academic Recognition
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - United Soccer Coaches announced the Oregon State men's and women's soccer teams have received Team Academic Award recognition for excelling in the classroom for the 2020-21 academic year.
Oregon State is one of 91 schools that had both its men's and women's programs honored.
Teams that are active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program with a composite grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the 2020-21 academic year qualified for the award.
The Oregon State men's team is one of 223 men's programs to earn the award. The men's soccer squad posted a team GPA of 3.26 at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. Joel Walker, Sofiane Djeffal, and Joe Hafferty earned Academic All-District honors and were also named College Players of Distinction. Walker also was named Senior CLASS Award All-America Second Team and Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year. Twelve Beavers were named to the Pac-12 Fall and Winter Academic Honor Roll. On the pitch, Oregon State went 9-5 (6-4 Pac-12) last season, playing in the spring due to the pandemic. The Beavers made it to the NCAA Tournament Round of 32, falling to Virginia Tech, 2-1, in overtime.
On the women's side, Oregon State is one of 383 women's programs to earn recognition. The women's soccer team posted a collective GPA of 3.48. Twelve Beavers were named to the Pac-12 Fall and Winter Academic Honor Roll. Madison Ellsworth received College Player Award of Distinction recognition as well as Oregon State Scholar Athlete of the Month honors for her efforts in the classroom and on the pitch. Two Beavers earned 1A Far Academic Excellence Award honors. Oregon State posted a 4-11-1 (2-9-0 Pac-12) record last year, playing in the spring due to the pandemic.
This season the women's soccer team is 8-0 (0-0 Pac-12) and opens Pac-12 action on the road at USC on Sept. 24. The men's team is 4-1-1 (0-0 Pac-12) and will be back in action on Sept. 30, when they host UCLA in their Pac-12 opener at Lorenz Field.