Dec. 19, 2011
The University of New Mexico women's soccer team has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year, and senior forward Jennifer Williams has been named to the 2011 NSCAA All-Pacific Region team.
Coached by Kit Vela, the Lobos have earned the NSCAA award for their academic achievements by posting a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. By recording a 3.48 GPA--the highest grade point average under Vela--New Mexico has earned this honor for a fifth straight year.
The Lobos were joined in the Mountain West by UNLV, Boise State and TCU in receiving this honor. New Mexico registered the highest GPA in the conference.
Williams was named a second-team selection for the NSCAA All-Pacific Region team. This marked her second straight year being named to the NSCAA All-Pacific Region Teams after being selected to the first team her junior year. Williams led the team in goals (14), points (31), shots (93) and shots on goal (48), while also being credited with 6 game-winning goals.
Williams' selection is the second year overall the Lobos have been named to a regional team for their performances in a season. Current goalkeeper Kelli Cornell was also named to last year's team. Three other Mountain West women's soccer players were named to the NCAA All-Pacific Region team.