Dec. 15, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Marshall University women's soccer team received the 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Team Academic Award for the 2009-10 academic year. The Thundering Herd joined 630 collegiate soccer teams throughout all three divisions that accumulated a 3.0 grade point average or higher.
Marshall's 3.57 GPA placed itself in the top-10 in the country in team grade point averages. Joining MU in the top-10 were Conference USA foes, Rice (3.63) and Memphis (3.60)
The Herd women's soccer takes home the award for the 12th straight season, while posting its highest GPA since earning its first award in 1996.
"This is a tradition that has gone on long before I came to Marshall," head coach Kevin Long said. "I'm glad that we can carry it on and happy that the women continue to excel in the classroom."
MU placed three players, Sarah Vinson (Amelia, Ohio), Kristen Berquist (Highland Village, Texas) and Emma Harrison (Christchurch, New Zealand), on C-USA All-Academic teams this season, as well as having three members, Vinson, Berquist and Katie Ball (Louisville, Ky.), earn ESPN Academic All-District II honors.