DECATUR, Ala. -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Friday afternoon that four senior Spring Hill College women's soccer players have been named to the 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete squad.
Abby Galen, a forward from St. Louis, Mo., is an Accounting major with a minor in Marketing. Galen started for all four years of her SHC career and made 18 goals with nine assists for 45 total points in 73 games. She recorded five game-winning goals over that time. This marks the second Daktronics Scholar Athlete Award for the senior who also qualified as a junior in 2010.
Rachel Nance, a midfielder from St. Louis, majors in Cell & Molecular Biology with a minor in Theology. A three-year starter for SHC, Nance played in 42 games with one goal and one assist for Spring Hill
Lorie Pendergast, a defender from St. Louis, majors in International Business & Hispanic Studies with a minor in International Studies. A four-year starter for the badgers, she handed out three assists in 73 games played. Pendergast also won the Scholar Athlete Award as a junior in 2010.
Amber O'Connor, a forward from Ham Lake, Minn., majors in Biology. In her two-year career on the Hill, she scored 12 goals with seven assist for 31 total points in 35 games played. Six of her goals proved to be game-winners for Spring Hill.
Since the award was introduced in 1979, a total of 140 SHC student-athletes have now received Scholar Athlete recognition from the NAIA.
This year a total of 485 women's soccer players were named 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.