FMU Women’s Soccer Team gains national academic award
For the 10th time in the past 12 years, the Francis Marion University women’s soccer team has earned a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Team Academic Award. These most recent awards are for the 2014-15 school year.
First-year head coach Lindsey Morgan took over the helm of the program in December 2014. The Francis Marion squad compiled a cumulative 3.07 team grade point average for that academic year.
The Patriots were one of 11 Palmetto State teams (all divisions) named to the list.
A total of 562 women’s programs posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the yearly award.
Team members included Kylie Allen, Kelly Anthony, Elizabeth Asare, Haley Bigler, Lexxis Cherry, Allie Duckworth, Janise Finney, Chanel Harris, Breanna Henderson, Kimberley Hurter, Madison Kammerer, Kiara Keisler, Kristyn Leung, Kristina Marra, Melina Much, Casey Murakami, Taylor O'Berry, Sandy Odembo, Arianna Pierner, Brittney Smith, and Tori Whigham
Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Kan., the NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game.
In previous years, FMU ranked 17th among all Division I women’s programs in 2007-08, while the Patriots ranked third in Division I in 2006-07, 30th among all schools (tied for ninth in Division I) in 2005-06, 81st among all schools in 2004-05, and 58th among all schools in 2003-04.
The 2015 edition of the Patriot squad plays at Davidson College on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.