JU Soccer Awarded For Academic Achievements

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Making commitments to the pitch and the classroom has earned the Jacksonville University men’s and women’s soccer teams the 2012-13 College Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

JU joins 863 collegiate soccer teams who posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher and are one of 186 schools to have both men’s and women’s programs recognized.

On the women’s side, Head Coach Brian Copham’s squad recorded a 3.38 GPA while Head Coach Ryan Pratt’s fellas posted a 3.09.

The men finished 2013 with an overall record of 4-11-3 and an Atlantic Sun mark of 2-4-2. Three Dolphins received all-conference honors as senior Guilherme Brandao and junior Matheus Saroli were named to the second team, while Jack Burns earned a spot on the All-Atlantic Sun Freshman Team. Saroli also etched a spot on the Academic All-Conference Team.

Advancing to the NCAA tournament, the JU women’s soccer team wrapped 2013 with an overall record of 12-8-1 and 6-3-0 in the Atlantic Sun. Senior Ally Lee and junior Kaitlyn Bassett were named to the All-Atlantic Sun First Team and Mary Sturgis landed a place on the All-Atlantic Sun Freshman Team. Lee and junior Julia Burton were also among the 11 honorees on the Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team.