Women's soccer receives NSCAA Team Academic Award

Dec. 18, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After earning the Atlantic Sun Conference title on the field in 2006, the Jacksonville women's soccer team was also awarded for their work in the classroom by receiving the team academic honor given by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Dec. 15.

The Dolphins posted a 3.19 grade point average for the 2005-06 school semester to earn their second consecutive team academic award. Last season, JU tallied a 3.12 gpa to receive their first honor.

"It is a great testament to these young ladies that they were able to accomplish a conference tournament championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament, while still leading the way in the classroom as well," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "They are an exceptional group that I am very fortunate to be able to work with on a daily basis. They truly embody the term `scholar-athletes' and are great representatives for Jacksonville University."

In 2006, the Dolphins posted their first double-digit win total since the 2002 season en route to winning the A-Sun Championship and earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Senior goalie Michelle Kmiotek led the way with career-best 173 saves to earn A-Sun Tournament MVP honors, while sophomore Keri Zwikker received first team all-conference accolades after ranking first on the team with 10 goals. Kmiotek also wrapped up her career with a program-best 362 saves and 18 shutouts.