Junior Bethany Balcer of Spring Arbor University and Lucas Prolow of Johnson & Wales University – Denver headline the 2017-18 Academic All-America® College Division soccer teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Joining Balcer on the First Team is fourth-year Victoria Vikes midfielder Emily Lieuwen who guided her team to a recent fifth-place finish at the U SPORTS National Championship earlier in November.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division soccer teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.
Lieuwen was the co-recipient of the 2016-17 University of Victoria Vikes Provost Award for the top GPA in the 2015-16 academic year. Just recently Lieuwen was named to the 2016-17 Vikes Honour Roll list for the second-straight year. This season alone Lieuwen was a co-captain that helped the Vikes to an impressive 9-1-4 regular season record. She played and started all 14 regular season games and played 1253 minutes of those games and finished with two goals and four assists.
Lieuwen’s role in the centre of the park was pivotal as the Vikes won their Canada West quarter-final match up against Calgary on home turf before going on to beat the MacEwan Griffins in the semifinal to qualify for nationals. The Vikes finished second in the conference and despite losing their first game of the U SPORTS championship to Cape Breton, the team rebounded back to beat the U SPORTS No. 1-ranked team all season, Laval. Some quality shooting and goalkeeping resulted in the Vikes beating hosts Manitoba for fifth place to top the consolation bracket and Lieuwen was a big part of that.
Lieuwen, whose hometown is Ladner, B.C., is majoring in Science, plans to be a veterinarian and had an impressive 8.64 GPA (out of 9) throughout 2016-17. Lieuwen, who was named a 2017 Canada West First Team All Star, is the first-ever Vikes women’s soccer player to be recognized on the Academic All-America® College Division soccer teams.
The 12 members of the CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division women’s soccer team have an average GPA of 3.94.
Nominations for the Academic All-America® program will be accepted only from current dues-paying CoSIDA members. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable). In baseball and softball, pitchers must have at least 10.0 innings pitched. Athletes who have not participated in at least 50 percent of their team’s contests are not eligible.
– Third-highest on team for points (2G, 4A)
– Second-highest for Shots on Goal (19)
– Leader in game-winning goals (2)
– Started 14 of 14 games this season
– Team finished second in conference