FLORENCE, S.C. – Three Francis Marion University women’s soccer players recently earned individual academic awards, while the entire squad received a national team academic award for a second consecutive year.
Senior forward Katie Riley, senior defender Kate Anderson, and junior midfielder Brittany Rothenbach have all been selected to the 2005 Division I Independent Women’s Soccer All-Academic Team.
The FMU women’s soccer team received a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2004-05 school year. Francis Marion ranked 81st among the nearly 600 schools that sponsor women’s soccer (all divisions) with a cumulative 3.35 team grade point average for the academic year. Of the five other Palmetto State women’s programs to make the list, only the University of South Carolina (3.44 GPA) ranked higher than the Patriots. Altogether 246 women’s programs were honored.
Riley led the Patriots in scoring this past season with seven goals and two assists, and ranked third in points among all Division I independent school players. The Hampstead, Md., native ended her career second on the Patriot all-time lists for goals scored (45), points (110), and shots (219). Earlier this fall, Riley was named to the Division I All-Independent Team (honorable mention) and to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Team (third team) for the University Division.
Off the playing field, Riley, a biology major, possesses a 3.805 grade point average. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Beta Beta, and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies, and is a member of the university’s Ecology Club. She has been named to both the Peach Belt Conference Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls three times. In 2004, she earned All-America honors for her efforts both on the field and in the classroom.
Anderson played in all 15 matches this past season and helped anchor the Patriot defense. She is a biology major with a 3.577 GPA. The Loveland, Ohio, native is also a member of Chi Alpha Sigma and Beta Beta Beta honor societies and has been named to both the Peach Belt Conference Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls three times.
Rothenbach started all 15 matches in 2005, scored one goal and recorded one assist, while helping direct the Patriot attack in the midfield. She is majoring in education and owns a 3.953 GPA. A native of Bel Air, Md., she has been named to the FMU Swamp Fox and Peach Belt Presidential honors rolls twice. She was also named FMU’s team MVP in 2003.
The Patriots completed their first year of transitioning to NCAA Division I affiliation with a 5-9-1 record.