Three from Drake Soccer Earn CoSIDA Academic All-American Honors

first_imgTuominen, a defender, owns a perfect 4.00 GPA in health sciences. He transferred to Drake from Clayton State prior to the 2016 season. Tuominen played in 36 career matches with 32 starts in his two seasons as a Bulldog. Merideth and Tuominen are the eighth and ninth Drake men’s soccer players to earn All-American honors. Merideth, who holds a 3.86 cumulative grade point average in biochemistry & molecular biology, played in 19 matches, scored two goals and tallied two assists. The forward has played in 55 career matches for the Bulldogs. He was a 2017 MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team selection. Smith, who owns a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average in finance and international business, started 19 matches at the defender position. She was named the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-MVC First Team. Smith scored two goals, handed out a team-high four assists and helped the defense record seven shutouts. She netted a golden goal to beat Illinois State, which clinched the MVC regular season title. Smith is a two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team selection. She is the first Drake women’s soccer player to earn CoSIDA All-American honors since Kristin Underwood in 2005 and just the third player in program history to be named an academic all-American. Thirty of the 33 members of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I women’s soccer teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 19 student-athletes sporting a perfect 4.0 GPA. The 11 members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.96.center_img AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan.) of the Drake University women’s soccer team was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I First Team while junior Ryan Merideth (East Moline, Ill.) and Aleksi Tuominen (Helsinki, Finland) of the Drake men’s soccer team were named to the Division I Academic All-America Third and Second Teams, respectively, the organization announced Thursday, Dec. 7 morning. The prestigious academic awards are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Twenty-six of the 34 members of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I men’s soccer teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 15 student-athletes sporting a perfect 4.0 GPA. The 11 members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.91.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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