The Trinity Girls Soccer Team has earned the National Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, scholastic soccer's 30,000-member national governing body. Of that membership, only 215 girls teams from across the nation earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom during the 2010-11 academic year.
To be considered for the honor, teams must have a total cumulative Grade Point Average for all rostered players of a minimum of 3.25 for the entire academic year.
In a congratulatory letter to the girls team, NSCAA Executive Director Joe Cummings wrote: "This achievement sets your team apart from other teams, demonstrating your program's commitment to achievement on the field and in the classroom."
Girls Soccer Head Coach Calvin Jefferson said the award is the top testament to the success of the 5-year-old program, which has won a first-round playoff game in each of the past three seasons and finished 2011 with a 10-6-1 record.
"These girls that play for Trinity Soccer are really something else; not only have they achieved an unbelievable amount of success in a relatively short time on the field, but their academics and their faith have remained a top priority at the same time," Coach Jefferson said. "Our coaches, the players' families and myself could not be more proud of all they have accomplished -- and this award says they will all continue to accomplish great things."
Seniors, juniors and sophomores on the Trinity Girls Soccer Team whose academic commitment contributed to earning the award are: Rachel Grabowski, Catherine Hantak, Nicole Kontur (pictured above, left), Emily Krause, Mackenzie Madigan, Brianna Pastor, Allie Pirrone, Amber Simun, Marissa Smego, Caitlin McAvinue, Rose Tupta (pictured above, right), Jasmine Lowrey, Diamond Cherry and Bridget Karboski.