Elite Soccer Student-Athletes Honored at Event
BALTIMORE, Md. – Men's soccer midfielder Bruce Cutler and women's soccer forward Pia Soesemann were recently acknowledged for their outstanding academic and athletic success at the 2010-11 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention and Luncheon, last week at the Hilton Hotel in Baltimore, Md.
Multiple groups, including scholar All-Americans from the high school level and each division of college competition, were paid homage by the world's largest coaches association.
A celebration honoring the country's most outstanding student-athlete soccer players, both Cutler and Soesemann were acknowledged for their second and third team selections, respectively. The two-day event featured an on-stage presentation for their achievements at the awards luncheon, as well as multiple interactive seminars. It was also noted a tremendous opportunity for the student-athlete to connect and network with other award winners from across the country.
Soesemann, a first time honoree, had a career-season in 2010 as she posted 19 goals and four assists on her way to a career-high for 42 point season. In addition, Soesemann registered five game-winning goals and now ranks third in program history in both points (92) and goals scored (40).
It was not the first time Soesemann was branded by an organization in 2010. The Berlin, Germany native also received recognition as a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Second team, as well as Sunshine State Conference Offensive Player of the Year, in addition to multiple other awards. She is on track to graduate in May of 2012 with a degree in History.
As for Cutler, the Inverurie, Scotland native capped his stellar playing career with an award that epitomizes what 100 percent effort in the classroom and playing field can produce.
Cutler is no stranger to the award as he was tabbed a first team selection a year ago. This season, Cutler's second team nod saw him produce the highest grade-point-average among all Scholar All-America selectees, university or college division.
The prototype student-athlete, Cutler has excelled in the classroom as well as on the field. His academic accomplishments are outstanding as this four-year starter for the Lions has compiled eight academic awards, including a selection on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team.
Appearing on the Sunshine State Conference Fall Commissioner's Honor Roll each of his four seasons, he was also just named a member of the Saint Leo President's Cub for the seventh time.
On the field, he has compiled 50 points from the midfield position over the course of his four seasons, registering 18 goals and 14 assists in 63 games. This year, he matched his career high for goals in a season with six and surpassed his previous season-high in assists with six.
Cutler is expected to graduate in May with a degree in Mathematics.