FGCU Soccer Programs Earn Team Academic Award
Thursday, December 08, 2011 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s and women’s soccer programs received national academic recognition when the National Soccer College Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released the 2011 College Team Academic Award Winners.

A total of 789 soccer teams (218 men, 571 women) posted a team grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year. Of that total, 154 schools had both their men's and women's programs recognized

FGCU’s athletic programs place a strong emphasis on academic excellence. The soccer programs’ hard work inside the classroom was acknowledged with the women’s 3.26 GPA and the men’s 3.06 team GPA.

Three other institutions from the Atlantic Sun had both their men’s and women’s programs recognized on the list, including Mercer, Stetson and USC Upstate.

This is the third time that both teams have been honored in each of the programs’ short five-year history.

Returning 10 starters from a season ago, the men’s team wrapped up the 2011 campaign with a 12-6-2 overall record. Successfully defending their regular season title with a 7-1 league mark, the Eagles advanced to the A-Sun Championship as the No. 1 overall seed and went on to a pair of one-goal victories to secure the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship in their first year of postseason eligibility. In addition to three All-Conference first team selections and a pair of second team and All-Freshmen picks, the Green and Blue also landed head coach Bob Butehorn his second Coach of the Year award while Xavier Silva was tabbed as the league’s Freshman of the Year.

After losing nine players from last season, the FGCU women’s team ended the 2011 campaign with a program-best 14-5-2 overall record and an impressive 7-1-1 A-Sun mark, also claiming back-to-back A-Sun regular season titles and earning their first-ever A-Sun tournament championship. FGCU won the championship off a dramatic goal in double-overtime sending the Eagles into the NCAA Championship for the first time in the school’s history. Setting a new school record for shutouts with 12 on the season, the Green and Blue also landed five All-Conference first team selections and a pair of second team and All-Freshmen picks. Senior goalkeeper Stephanie Powers also picked up the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award.