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Beth Reed Named Women's Soccer Academic All-American of the Year




Nov. 17, 2009

 

Reed is the first of the Naval Academy's 58 Academic All-Americans to receive the top Academic All-America award for a specific sport (or combined-sport award program).


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TOWSON, Md. - Navy women's soccer captain Beth Reed (Indianapolis, Ind.) has been named the ESPN The Magazine Women's Soccer Academic All-American of the Year while fellow senior and standout defender Shelly Moeller (Milford, Ohio) joins her in earning 2009 Academic All-America honors, it was announced Tuesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Reed is the first of the Naval Academy's 58 Academic All-Americans to receive the top Academic All-America award for a specific sport (or combined-sport award program). In addition to earning the highest academic honor bestowed upon any Division I women's soccer student-athlete, Reed was also a First-Team Academic All-America selection for the first time in her career. Moeller, meanwhile, was a third-team selection, receiving her first career national academic laurel.

The past 12 years have now Navy women's soccer players combine for 11 Academic All-America awards, including six since the 2006 season. Navy is one of only two Division I women's soccer programs nationally (along with Charlotte) to have produced a First-Team Academic All-American in each of the last four years. Moreover, it is the third time in program history that Navy has produced two Academic All-Americans in the same year (Kate Macfarlane and Justine Fisher in 2001; Lizzie Barnes and Kari Weniger in 2006).

A mechanical engineering major, Reed owns a 3.97 grade-point average and ranks second in Overall Order of Merit among the 1,064 midshipmen in the Class of 2010. She has held the top ranking in her class in Academic Order of Merit in five of her six semesters at the Academy. The Indianapolis native also ranks sixth among her classmates in Military Order of Merit, has been recognized on the Commandant's List in each of her six semesters and named to Superintendent's List five times.

On the field, Reed put together a sensational senior season in 2009, leading the Midshipmen to a 14-win season and the program's fourth-straight Patriot League Tournament appearance.

In her first year as the team's starting keeper, Reed allowed a conference-low 0.67 goals per contest, while posting a Navy senior class record nine solo shutouts (including a conference-best four in Patriot League play) and the 11th-best save percentage in the country (.875) on her way to earning 2009 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year honors.

In addition to being named the conference's top netminder, Reed also became Navy's fourth Patriot League Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient, joining her predecessor in goal Lizzie Barnes in 2008, Kate Macfarlane in 2001 and Nicole Aunapu in 1997 and 1998.

Despite being in her first year as a full-time starter, Reed quickly rose up the Navy soccer single-season and career lists thanks to a banner 2009 campaign. Her efforts this fall rank among the top-five all-time in saves (95, 5th), save percentage (.875, 4th), shutouts (9, 4th) and GAA (0.69, 5th) on Navy's single-season charts. Meanwhile, Reed produced a 20-5-2 career record in 45 career appearances (2,727 minutes), with a 0.63 goals-against average and .868 save percentage (125 saves / 139 SOG), both which rank first in Midshipmen history.

Moeller owns a 3.54 grade-point average while majoring in honors oceanography. She has posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in classes within her major in four of the last five semesters and has been named to the Commandant's List in after each of her first six semesters at the Academy. Moeller held the top ranking in Military Order of Merit amongst her classmates through her first four semesters and is currently 20th in the Class of 2010. She has been named to the Superintendent's List three times, while also earning mention on the Dean's List.

Inarguably one of finest defenders in Navy and Patriot League history, Moeller was named a league all-star for the fourth-straight year in 2009 and for the third time to the conference's first-team. She is one of six Navy soccer players in program history and the first since Xochitl Piedra (2001-2004) to become a four-year All-Patriot League selection.

Inarguably one of finest defenders in Navy and Patriot League history, Shelly Moeller was named a league all-star for the fourth-straight year in 2009


Moeller started all 90 games of her collegiate career, which she concluded as Navy's all-time leader in games-started and games-played. Her consecutive games-started streak is the longest in school history and is believed to be among the longest in the 20-year history of Patriot League soccer (men's or women's).

Making this stretch even more impressive is the fact that Moeller, regarded as one of the region's most physical defenders, would rarely leave a match while leading the team in minutes played in each of the last four seasons.

In 2009, Moeller anchored a Navy defense that posted a conference-best 11 shutouts and ranked second in the league in goals-against average. It was the fourth-consecutive season that Navy has posted double-figure shutouts. Since Moeller's freshman season, the Mids have blanked an amazing 53 opponents. One of only three players to twice earn Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors, Moeller led all conference defenders in scoring in 2009 with nine points on three goals and three assists. With 18 goals and 43 career points, she ranks as the highest scoring defender in school history.

Both Reed and Moeller will go in the Navy recod books as part of the winningest class in program history. The duo was part of a four-member senior class that won a record 64 games, two regular-season titles and made a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.

The College Sports Information Directors of America has been selecting the nation's pre-eminent Academic All-American team for over one-half of a century.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

Criteria for the award requires a student-athlete be at least a sophomore, earn a varsity letter in their sport and have attained a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade-point average (changed from 3.20 for the 2008-09 academic year).

Nominees are first voted on by district, then all first-team all-district winners are placed onto a national ballot from which the Academic All-America teams are selected.

The Academic All-America® of the Year award, which began in 1987-88, is presented to the most outstanding student-athlete of the year and is chosen from the student-athletes who have been awarded Team Member of the Year honors.
 
Navy Women's Soccer Academic All-Americans
2009    Beth Reed             Academic All-American of the Year, First Team
            Shelly Moeller        Third Team
2008    Lizzie Barnes         First Team
2007    Kari Weniger         First Team
2006    Lizzie Barnes         First Team 
            Kari Weniger         Second Team
2004    Emma Hagen         Third Team
2001    Kate Macfarlane     First Team
            Justine Fisher        Second Team
1999    Nicole Aunapu        First Team
1998    Nicole Aunapu        First Team

Reed's 2009 Achievements and Honors:
*ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Women's Soccer Academic All-American of the Year
*ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-America
*ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-District

*Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year
*Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year
*First-Team All-Patriot League

*Three-time Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week
*College Soccer 360 Primetime National Performer of the Week (Sept. 8)
*All-Hurricane Cup Team (Sept. 4-6)
*All-Navy Soccer Invitational Team (Aug. 28-30)

Moeller's 2009 Achievements and Honors:
*ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Third-Team Academic All-America
*ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-District
*First-Team All-Patriot League

*Three-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week
*All-Hurricane Cup Team (Sept. 4-6)

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