Savannah Jackson Named 2019 NAIA First-Team Academic All-American

Savannah Jackson Named 2019 NAIA First-Team Academic All-American

AUSTIN, Texas (December 2, 2019) – Junior Savannah Jackson has been named to the 2019 Academic All-America® NAIA soccer team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Jackson, who has a 3.85 GPA in criminal justice, was named a first-team selection – the second such honor in Johnson & Wales (Fla.) women's soccer history (Audrey Gant in 2018).

Jackson, the 2019 Sun Conference Player of the Year, was a member of the 2019 TSC All-Academic Team. The native of Winter Haven, Florida, started in all 18 games, setting the school record for both goals (46) and points (96) in a single season. The conference leader in both categories, Jackson was a six-time TSC Offensive Player of the Week. Registering nine hat tricks in 2019, Jackson set the school's single-game goal-scoring record with six versus Florida Memorial (10/16). She earned the school's first NAIA Offensive Player of the Week award back on October 22, helping JWU reach the 10-win plateau for the second-straight season. The Wildcats notched a school-record 12 wins in 2019, earning the No. 3 seed in this year's Sun Conference Women's Soccer Championships.

She currently leads the nation with 11 game-winning goals and in goals per game (2.56), and is No. 2 in the nation in total points and points per game (5.33).

Jackson is the only player in JWU history to registered four-or-more goals in a game, accomplishing this feat five times in 2019.

For her career, Jackson has recorded 91 goals and 11 assists for 193 points. She has tallied 13 hat tricks and 25 game-winning goals in three seasons with the Wildcats.

The NAIA Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NAIA national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-20 NAIA Goggle Cloud Academic All-America® teams.

For more information on the Academic All-America® program, go to

2019 Academic All-America® Women's Soccer Team (NAIA)

Pos. Name School GPA Yr. Major
GK Nina Haeberlin Keiser University 4.00 Sr. Business
D Josee Bassett Eastern Oregon University 3.90 Sr. Nursing
D Laura English The Master's University 4.00 Sr. Liberal Studies
D Ashlyn Lockwood Faulkner University 4.00 Sr. Accounting
D Maddy Mak Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Ariz.) 3.93 Sr. Aerospace Engineering
M Julie Cazanave University of Northwestern Ohio 3.67 Sr. Business Administration
M Charly Clements Carroll College 3.97 Sr. Biology for Secondary Education
M Emelie Liljered Lindsey Wilson College 3.90 Sr. Recreation / Tourism & Sport Management
M Megan Warner Webber International University 4.00 Sr. Sport Business Management
F Savannah Jackson Johnson & Wales University (Fla.) 3.85 Jr. Criminal Justice
F Kelsey Mirts (1) Columbia College (Mo.) 3.89 Sr. Nursing
F Matilda Ovenberger Keiser University 4.00 So. International Business


Pos. Name School GPA Yr. Major
GK Kehley Bitzas Culver-Stockton College 4.00 Sr. Psychology
D Thea Birgerud Lindsey Wilson College 4.00 So. Communication
D Sarah Carrell Arizona Christian University 4.00 Sr. Communication
D Riley Massey Taylor University 4.00 So. Exercise Science
D Abigail Meyer (1) Columbia College (Mo.) 3.95 Jr. Nursing
D Kaitlyn Tambke Columbia College (Mo.) 3.63 Sr. Nursing
M Jill Kelly Shawnee State University 4.00 Sr. Mathematics Education
M Ana Paula Santos William Carey University 3.65 Jr. Physical Education
F Uchenna Kanu Southeastern University 3.31 Sr. Sports Management
F Riley Martinson Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Ariz.) 3.86 Jr. Electrical Engineering
F Savannah Moxley MidAmerica Nazarene University 4.00 Jr. Nursing


(1) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team selection in 2018

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