AUSTIN, Texas (Dec. 3, 2018) – Senior Audrey Gant and sophomore Savannah Jackson have been named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® NAIA soccer teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Gant, who is working towards her MBA while notching a 4.00 GPA in sports, entertainment and event management as an undergrad, earned first team honors while Jackson who has a 3.80 GPA in criminal justice, was named to the second team.
Both Gant and Jackson become the first Wildcats in school history to be named Academic All-Americans®.
Gant, a 2018 NAIA Scholar-Athlete, appeared in 16 games for the Wildcats, making 15 starts primarily on the JWU backline. The native of Plantation, Florida, recorded one goal and three assists for seven points in 2018. All three totals were single-season records for the Wildcat defender. Gant notched a JWU-career-high three points at Florida Memorial (10/3), scoring her first goal in a Wildcat uniform in a 3-0 win over the Lions. Gant has been part of a JWU backline that helped the Wildcats post four shutouts (three in conference action) in 2018.
Jackson, a 2018 Sun Conference All-Academic honoree, started in all 17 games for the Wildcats. The native of Davenport, Florida, set the single-season school records for goals (28) and points (62) in 2018. She also added a career-high six assists. Jackson tallied 11 multiple-goal games, including four hat tricks. She registered eight game-winning goals, averaging 0.47 game-winners-per-contest (No. 4 in the nation). Jackson ranked No. 4 in the nation in total points, total game-winning goals, points-per-game (3.65) and goals-per-contest (1.65). Her averages in points and goals also ranked No. 2 in the Sun Conference. Jackson scored at least one goal in 13 contests and notched a point in all but two outings.
The NAIA Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NAIA national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 NAIA Goggle Cloud Academic All-America® teams.
For more information on the Google Cloud Academic All-America® program, go to https://academicallamerica.com/.
2018 Academic All-America® Women's Soccer Team (NAIA)
|GK||Ashley Kambeitz||Cumberland University||Sr.||4.00||Accounting / Marketing|
|D||Audrey Gant||Johnson & Wales University (Fla.)||Gr.||4.00||Sports, Ent. & Event Management|
|D||Heidi Giles||University of Mobile||Jr.||4.00||Business / Accounting|
|D||Abby Meyer||Columbia College (Mo.)||So.||4.00||Nursing|
|D||Aubriana Schneider||Martin Methodist College||Sr.||4.00||Pre-Veterinary|
|M||Mariah Aplin||Cumberland University||Sr.||3.95||Psychology|
|M||Ellinor Bertilsson (2)||Georgia Gwinnett College||Sr.||4.00||Business|
|M||Merle Bublitz (1)||Morningside College||Sr.||4.00||Biology / Mathematics|
|M||Maria Deeter||Concordia University (Neb.)||Sr.||3.99||Biology|
|M||Lakin Walls||Campbellsville University||Jr.||4.00||Biology|
|F||Bethany Balcer (1,#)||Spring Arbor University||Sr.||3.69||Biology|
|F||Kelsey Mirts (1)||Columbia College (Mo.)||Jr.||3.94||Nursing|
|F||Taylor Mulder||Siena Heights University||Sr.||4.00||Biology|
|GK||Caitlyn Aaron||Embry-Riddle University (Ariz.)||Jr.||3.92||Security & Intell. / Forensic Psych|
|D||Stina Andersson||Georgia Gwinnett College||Sr.||3.73||Psychology|
|D||Aubrey Feipel||Grace College||Sr.||3.97||Accounting|
|D||Kendelle Knapp||Webber International University||Sr.||4.00||Criminal Justice Management|
|D||Danielle Toren||Taylor University||Jr.||4.00||Management / Systems|
|M||Holly Ross||Embry-Riddle University (Ariz.)||Sr.||4.00||Computer Engineering|
|F||Savannah Jackson||Johnson & Wales University (Fla.)||So.||3.80||Criminal Justice|
|F||Riley Martinson||Embry-Riddle University (Ariz.)||So.||3.90||Electrical Engineering|
|F||Kathryn Reitz||Saint Ambrose University||Jr.||4.00||Nursing|
Google Cloud Academic All-America® of the Year: Bethany Balcer, Spring Arbor University
(1) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division first team selection in 2017
(2) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division second team selection in 2017
(#) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division first team selection in 2016