The Salem College soccer team was one of only 88 teams in both men's and women's soccer for all NCAA divisions to earn the Team Ethics Award presented by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Salem earned the silver level medal for only accumulating 3 yellow cards and 0 red cards during the 2012 season, which they finished 16-3-1.
MacKenzie Schmidt (Columbus, OH) became the 1st student-athlete in Salem College history to earn NCAA Scholar All-South Region Honors for her play on the soccer field this past fall and for her work in the classroom. She was placed on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-Region Honorable Mention Tea. Schmidt holds a 3.894 cumulative grade point average and she led the Great South Athletic Conference with 11 assists and 0.55 assists per game. She is a junior and majors in Not-For-Profit.
For the second year in a row, Stephanie Hubbard (Sanford, NC) has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Atlantic Region Honors. Last year, Hubbard became the 1st Salem athlete ever to earn all-region honors, and she repeated it again this year with a strong junior campaign.
The Salem College soccer team earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2011-2012 school year. This is the 2nd straight year the team has been honored with the award, which is acquired by having a team cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for the entire academic school year. The Spirits obtained a team GPA of 3.13 last year.
The Salem College soccer team reached great heights in 2012. The team posted the 3rd highest winning percentage in soccer history at .842, just behind the 2007 and 2010 soccer teams. The Spirits were 16-3-1 overall and 9-1 in the Great South. They brought home the first Great South Regular Season Championship in school history.
The Great South Athletic Conference has announced the 2012 Fall All-Academic award winners and 59 student-athletes from around the league were honored for coupling their athletic prowess with academic pursuits.
In the final NCAA Division III statistical soccer rankings, the Salem College soccer team made the list in several areas. The Spirits, who finished the season with a 16-3-1 record and a Great South Regular Season Championship, had 6 different players in the rankings. Sawyer Ferguson (Billings, MT) finished the season with an impressive 10 game-winning goals, which was 2nd in the entire nation of over 8,000 athletes.
The Salem College soccer team stormed by Spelman 4-0 in the Great South Tournament semifinals. Taylor Norman (Springfield, VA) had a goal and 2 assists in the win. The Spirits won their 16th game, which is a new record for wins in a season and they are currently 16-3.
The Great South Athletic Conference announced their women’s soccer postseason award winners on Thursday morning and 8 Salem soccer student-athletes were earned honors. Salem’s Tarryn Bundy (West Deptford, NJ) claimed the prestigious Freshman of the Year distinction while her head coach, Jay Callahan, earned the Coach of the Year nod after guiding the Spirits to the league’s top seed heading into this weekend’s conference tournament. Clara Kienzle from Agnes Scott won the Player of the Year, but she was followed closely by Sawyer Ferguson (Billings, MT) and Stephanie Hubbard (Sanford, NC) who came in 2nd and 3rd in Player of the Year voting.
The Salem College soccer team clinched the first-ever Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) Regular Season Championship in Salem College history today. The Spirits won 6-0 against Wesleyan College to improve to 9-1 in the Great South and 15-3 overall. Based on conference tie-breaker rules, the Spirits win the title over Covenant.