Kansas City, Kan. - The Gustavus women’s soccer team has earned recognition from the National Soccer Coaches Association Of America (NSCAA) for its academic performance during the 2012-13 school year. With a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.48, the Gusties are one of 593 women’s soccer teams, regardless of Division, to be awarded the honor.
The NSCAA annually recognizes college and high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their work on the field. This year, a total of 862 college soccer teams (269 men, 593 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 academic year. Of the 593 women’s teams, the Gusties ranked 63rd in team GPA.
Gustavus was one of seven schools to represent the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) in the women’s awards. Of those seven teams, the Gusties (3.48) registered the third-highest GPA behind Saint Benedict (3.61) and Carleton (3.57).
In Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie’s second season at the helm, Gustavus posted an overall record of 8-9-0 and an MIAC mark of 3-8-0. Their eight wins marked two more than a year ago, and are the best season total since 2007 when the Gusties went 8-10-0 (3-8-0 MIAC) on the year.