Five Big Ten women's soccer players were named to the NSCAA Scholar All-America teams. Penn State's Taylor Schram and Maya Hayes earned first-team honors, while Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo, Minnesota's Katie Thyken and Nebraska's Jordan Jackson were second-team selections.
Schram, a senior midfielder, posts a 3.40 cumulative GPA in psychology. She scored five goals and collected eight assists for the Nittany Lions, earning her second-team All-Big Ten honors. Hayes, an NSCAA second-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection, maintains a 3.39 GPA in kinesiology. She collected 44 points this season, including 19 goals and six assists. Penn State advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
DiBernardo, who collects the honor for the second time, studies recreation, sport and tourism and maintains a 3.70 GPA. She scored seven goals to go along with seven assists, helping the Illini reach the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Thyken studies biomechanical engineering and boasts a 3.97 GPA. She led the Golden Gophers with seven goals and three assists, helping Minnesota advance to the NCAA Tournament. Jackson, the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year, compiled a 3.34 GPA in nutrition, exercise and health science. She scored nine goals and collected 11 assists, helping her team win the Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament title.
In order to be selected for the team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale throughout their career as well as start more than 50 percent of a team's games, while being a junior or a senior.