FMU's Roberts Earns Academic All-American Honors; Skarzinski named to All-Region Academic Squad
FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior forward Katie Roberts has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Scholar All-America Team for the second year in a row.
The Frederick, Md., native was named to the third-team. The Scholar All-American program includes all NCAA divisions on the one squad. Roberts is one of only six Division II players and one of only 13 non-Division I players on the 38-player squad, and one of only five repeat honorees.
Roberts and senior back Jessica Skarzinski were also selected to the Scholar All-South Region Team, with Roberts gaining first-team honors and Skarzinski second-team recognition.
In the classroom, Roberts owns a 3.56 grade point average as an elementary education major, while Skarzinski, a native of Charles Town, W.Va., is a biology major with a 3.77 GPA.
On the playing field this past season, Roberts led FMU with 12 goals, seven assists, and 31 points en route to nearly rewriting the entire Patriot recordbook. She missed only one match during her career and ended her playing days as the school’s career leader in shots (220), goals (47), assists (35), and points (129). She also holds the Peach Belt Conference career marks for assists and points and shares the career record for goals.
During the 2003 regular season, she earned PBC “Player of the Week” honors after tallying four goals and three assists during FMU’s opening four matches.
For her playing accomplishments, Roberts was named to both the PBC All-Conference Team and the NSCAA All-Region Team for the fourth straight year.
Skarzinski missed the opening six matches of 2003 with a foot injury, but came back to anchor a Patriot defense that allowed only 15 goals in the final 13 matches. She also registered one goal and one assist. She joined Roberts as the Peach Belt’s first four-time All-Conference selections in women’s soccer.
The two seniors led the Patriots to an 11-7-1 record and an appearance in the Peach Belt Tournament semifinals, where FMU was beaten by the eventual NCAA Division II national champion Kennesaw State University. Over their four years, they helped Francis Marion to a 55-21-3 mark, one PBC Tournament title, and one NCAA Division II national tournament invitation.