FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University junior forward Katie Riley was recently named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Scholar All-America Team as a third-team choice. This follows her selection as a third-team NSCAA All-America Team performer, and makes her only the seventh FMU student-athlete to earn both athletic and academic All-America honors in the same year.
While the All-America Team is chosen by NCAA divisions, the Scholar All-American program includes all NCAA divisions on one squad. Riley is one of nine Division II players, and one of only 12 non-Division I players on the 38-player squad. The Scholar All-Americans will be honored at a January 15 luncheon in Baltimore, Md., as part of the NSCAA Convention.
Riley, a native of Hampstead, Md., tallied 13 goals and nine assists this past year to rank fourth in the Peach Belt Conference in total points. Among her goals were four match-winning scores. She led the Patriots with 66 shots and 43 shots on goal. She aided FMU to a 13-4-0 record and the program’s first PBC regular-season championship.
Off the playing field, the biology major possesses a 3.730 GPA. She is vice-president of the university’s Ecology Club and has twice been named to both the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls.
She is a two-time All-PBC performer and ranks third on the conference career goal scoring list with 38. She has twice been named to the NSCAA All-Southeast Region squad.
Riley joins double honorees Fredrik Ohlsson (golf 2004, 2003), Matt Dura (golf 2003), Dylan Keylock (golf 2003), Juan Pablo Bossi (golf 2003), Katie Roberts (women’s soccer 2002), and Sam Lundkvist (men’s tennis 1997).