Three Women's @ASUNSoccer Student-Athletes Earn First Team Academic All-District Honors

Three Women's @ASUNSoccer Student-Athletes Earn First Team Academic All-District Honors

2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District Women's Teams

ATLANTA, Ga. - Three ASUN Conference Women's Soccer student-athletes were named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams, announced today by the organization. FGCU's Opal Curless and Evdokia Popadinova were selected to the District 4 Team while Lipscomb's Maycie McKay was a selection for District 3. Curless, McKay and Popadinova are also members of the 2019 ASUN Women's Soccer All-Academic Team.

Curless, who owns a 4.0 GPA in Psychology. was one of five FGCU student-athletes named to the ASUN All-Academic team. This year, she played the full duration in all but two matches and played a large role in the Eagles' strong back line. She helped the team to its league-high eight regular-season shutouts and assisted in holding opponents to just 16 goals, the lowest in the ASUN.

Popadinova, a 3.87 GPA student majoring in Integrated Studies, recently became the fifth player in program history to be named ASUN Player of the Year. A unanimous First Team All-ASUN selection, as well as a member of the All-Academic Team, she led FGCU with 24 points and closed out her career ranked third all-time with 25 career goals and sixth all-time with 59 career points

McKay, a Brentwood, Tenn. native, has had an outstanding senior campaign notching six goals, a team-leading seven assists and 19 points, as well as a First Team All-Conference selection. She was also voted to the ASUN All-Academic Team with an impressive 4.0 GPA in Mathematics Teaching.

The 2019 Academic All-District Men's and Women's Soccer Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America program separately recognizes soccer honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. Honorees selected First Team Academic All-District advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. Academic All-America honorees will be announced in early December.

The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.