June 13, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Soccer recently graduated one of its largest classes in program history. Ten Bobcats earned their degrees from Ohio University this spring, majoring in a wide array of disciplines ranging from Accounting to Anthropology.
“It was a good group of both players and people,” said head coach Stacy Strauss. “I’m really proud of the commitment that they showed through their years to academics and it’s really a testament to them to graduate within that four-year window and also go out into the world and represent Ohio Soccer with some of the things that they learned here.”
This senior class was a special one, with the ten student-athletes combining to play 601 games while wearing the Green and White. Registering a consistent Mid-American Conference record of 17-18-9, this class scored 31 goals, tallied 34 assists and accumulated 96 points. This class also had a penchant for scoring clutch goals, as 11 of the 31 it scored were game-winners.
“It was a good group of people, many of whom for years to come will come back and play in our alumnae games and continue to be proud and loyal Bobcats wherever they go,” Strauss added.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about the senior class was its commitment to academic excellence. The ten seniors combined to earn 24 spots on the Academic All-MAC First Team and Honorable Mention squads and one place on the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association’s Second Team. The class has also registered a very impressive average GPA of 3.53.
The senior class also had a big role in Ohio being recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for a stellar 3.38 GPA during the 2010-11 academic year. A good number of these student-athletes have already secured jobs as they leave Athens, working for such organizations as Liberty Mutual, Red Frog Events and the Minnesota Reading Corps. Others will be pursuing graduate degrees at institutions around the country.
Ohio Soccer’s 2011 Senior Class
The Bobcats will begin the 2012 season with a home exhibition against Eastern Kentucky on Aug. 12. Ohio Soccer will then open the regular season at Wright State on Aug. 17.