Ten named to Academic All-Big 12 Soccer team
IRVING, Texas -- The Big 12 Conference has named 88 student-athletes to the 2006 Academic All-Big 12 Soccer Team, the league office announced Tuesday, with 10 of those athletes from The University of Texas.
Head coach Chris Petrucelli's Longhorns, ranked No. 7 nationally with a 15-3-1 mark, placed the second-highest number of student-athletes on the All-Academic Team. Oklahoma State had 11 recipients. Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the soccer academic all-league squad consisted of 67 first team members combined with 21 on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
The 10 Longhorns named to Academic All-Big 12 include these eight First Team performers: senior forward Amy Burlingham (Costa Mesa, Calif., psychology/kinesiology major); junior forward Kelsey Carpenter (Allen, Texas, sport management); senior midfielder Priscilla Fite (Irving, Texas, biology major); redshirt freshman defender Stephanie Gibson (Richmond, Ontario, liberal arts); sophomore defender Jill Gilbeau (San Diego, Calif., liberal arts); senior defender Karen Haight (Beaverton Ore., a finance honors major); junior forward/defender Leslie Imber (Houston, economics); and sophomore defender Stephanie Logterman (Austin, Texas, a sociology major).
Named Second Team Academic All-Big 12 from the Longhorns squad were the sophomore duo of defender Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger (Sugar Land, Texas), both liberal arts majors.
Impressively, Burlingham, Fite and Haight have now earned Academic All-Big 12 plaudits three consecutive years, while Carpenter earns the academic recognition for the second straight season.
On Monday (Oct. 30), five of these 10 Longhorns were singled out for 2006 Big 12 All-Conference honors as well. Carpenter, Logterman, Moore were named to All-Big 12 First Team for their standout play, while Pfenninger and Burlingham earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors.
Texas is the third-seed at the eight-team Big 12 Championship which takes place Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 1, 3 and 5, at the Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio. UT squares off against No. 6 seed Nebraska (10-6-3) in tournament quarterfinal action Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (Central). Texas actually finished in a tie for second with OSU in league action (both at 8-1-1), but the Cowgirls won the head-to-head play to gain the second seed.
To qualify for any Academic All-Big 12 team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of her team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.