One again, the Colorado College soccer teams showed that they are among the nation’s elite both on the field and in the classroom.
Four Tigers earned Scholar All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America – senior defender Katie Uyenishi and junior midfielders Jessie Ayers and Kaeli Vandersluis from the women’s team, and senior forward Brandon Ogilvie from the men’s team.
CC had two more players recognized at the regional level. Senior forward Sean Parham was a first-team selection, while senior defender Kecia Morway was named to the second team.
Uyenishi, who owns a 3.56 grade-point average as a sociology major, helped anchor the Tigers' defense that tied for 11th nationally with 13 shutouts and finished 32nd with a .744 goals-against average. Not only did she lead the team by playing all 2,064 minutes, Uyenishi tied for fifth with three goals and finished sixth with seven points.
Ayers, who has compiled a 3.75 GPA while pursuing a double major in history and political science, tied for first in Conference USA and 48th nationally with a career-high 13 goals. She led the league with six game winners. Ayers became the first player to record double-digit goals since Emily Beans struck for 13 in 2006, and has climbed into a tie for ninth on Colorado College's all-time list with 24.
Vandersluis, a biology major with a 3.53 GPA, set career highs with nine goals and 27 points, which tied her with Ayers for second in the league. She led C-USA in assists and scored a goal in all four of CC’s postseason games.
“This is a great honor for our program and for these three student-athletes," Head Coach Geoff Bennett said. “It is a testament to how well our team performed this fall in conjunction with how much of an impact Jessie, Katie, and Kaeli had on our results.
“You combine all of that with how well they have performed in the classroom at a top 30 ranked liberal arts school and you have three very special people.”
Ogilvie, who owns a 3.43 grade-point average as a biochemistry major, recorded career highs with 15 goals, six assists, and 36 points. He led the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with seven game-winning goals, the most by a Tiger since All-American Patrick McGinnis struck for nine during the 2004 campaign.
“Biochemistry is a tough major at Colorado College,” Men's Soccer Coach Horst Richardson said. “The great thing about athletics at CC is that you have these fantastically dedicated individuals who are talented and give you everything they have on the field, and they become accomplished professionals a few years after they graduate.”
The Scholar All-Americans will be honored at the NSCAA’s annual All-America Luncheon in Philadelphia on Jan. 18, 2014. For more information, see the full stories on www.CCTigers.com: