ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Friday morning that Spring Hill College women's soccer players Molly Cowley and Courtney Harlan were named to the 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete roster.
Cowley, a senior defender from Jefferson City, Mo., who is majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology, earned her second consecutive Scholar Athlete Award after sitting out her junior season with an injury, but she returned to start in 16 matches of her senior year. She is a three-time member of the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) All-Academic Team, a 2013 Capital One 1st team member of the Academic All-America Team and was chosen to the SSAC West Division All-Freshman Team in 2010. In three seasons, she started 52 matches and scored seven goals with 10 assists.
Harlan, a redshirt sophomore forward from Mobile, has scored 24 goals in 36 games with the Badgers while also handing out 19 assists. She was a 2nd team All-SSAC player in 2013 and a 2012 member of the SSAC All-Freshmen Team. She was also named a Capital One 1st team member of the 2013 Academic All-America Team.
Since the award was introduced in 1979, a total of 163 SHC student-athletes have received Scholar Athlete recognition from the NAIA.
This year a total of 507 women's soccer players were named 2013 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.