January 17, 2011

Soesemann Caps Women's Soccer Awards with NSCAA Scholar All-America

SSC Player of the Year Earns NSCAA Academic Honor

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Sunshine State Conference's Player of the Year proved that her talent was evident across the nation, both on the field and in the classroom as Saint Leo women's soccer player Pia Soesemann was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Third Team.  Soesemann was invited to Baltimore, Md. over the weekend of January 15 to be recognized for her accomplishments with her peers at the NSCAA national convention.

One of just 76 senior college players in the nation named to the 2010 NSCAA Women's Collegiate Scholar All-America Team, Soesmeann was selected to an elite group that includes NCAA Division I, II and III student-athletes.

Scoring 19 goals in 2010, the native of Berlin, Germany single-handedly revived a stagnant Saint Leo offense at midseason.  In the second half of the year, she exploded for 11 goals, scoring in five consecutive games.  Sparking her team, the forward helped take the Lions from a 4-6-1 record to finish the season at 9-7-1 and another Sunshine State Conference tournament berth. 

She finished 2010 with the Sunshine State Conference's Player of the Year Award and a first-team selection to the NSCAA's All-Region team.

Academically, the junior is also a heavyweight in the classroom as she carries a 3.88 grade-point average in the dual fields of History and International Studies.  A stellar student, Soesemann has appeared in the Saint Leo President's Club five-times, the Division II Athletic Directors Academic Achievement Award List, the Saint Leo Dean's List and a member of the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll.

To be nominated for consideration, student-athletes must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout their career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member; be a junior or above in academic standing at the current institution and either be in their second year at the current school if a transfer student.

Soesemann, along with fellow Saint Leo student-athlete and men's soccer player Bruce Cutler, was honored at last weekend ceremony.  Pictures and a recap of their visit to Baltimore are planned to be posted on SaintLeoLions.com in the near future.