Women’s Soccer Earns NSCAA Team Academic Award

King Women's Soccer is one of 726 soccer programs at the collegiate level to earn the NSCAA Team Academic Award.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Women's Soccer is among 726 collegiate soccer teams to earn the 2012 NSCAA Team Academic Award for their work on and off of the pitch. The Lady Tornado was one of three Conference Carolinas teams represented on the list.

King joined Lees-McRae (3.33) and Coker College (3.08) as Conference Carolinas teams represented on the NSCAA Team Academic Award list. The Lady Tornado posted a cumulative team grade point average 3.23 during the 2011-12 academic year.

A total of 726 college soccer teams (222 men, 504 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 academic year. Of that total, 152 schools had both their men's and women's programs recognized.

A total of 360 high school teams (137 boys, 223 girls) throughout the United States have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2011-12 academic year. Among these programs are 47 schools receiving honors for both their boys' and girls' teams.

The NSCAA annually recognizes college and high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their work on the pitch. To qualify for the award, the high school team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players.

King finished their second season under Head Coach Simon Duffy with its second straight Conference Carolinas Women's Soccer Tournament appearance in as many years as a member of the conference behind a 3-6-2 conference record. Led by All-Conference second teamer Heidi Steger (Chattanooga, Tenn.), the Lady Tornado fell in the first round of the conference tournament to semifinalist Lees-McRae, 3-0. The Lady Tornado will graduate eight seniors including leading goal scorers Heidi Steger and Monica Aguirre and goalkeeper Heidi Steger. They will return rising sophomores Morgan Lawson, who posted four double-digit save efforts in seven starts and Rachel Thorpe (1g, 2a, 4p) plus rising senior Jamie Grigsby, who shared the team lead with three goals.

For a complete list of NSCAA Team Academic Award recipients, click here.

For the NSCAA release, click here.