Seven Big Ten Conference women’s soccer students earned Scholar All-America honors, while two others received Scholar All-Region citations, it was announced today by United Soccer Coaches (formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America - NSCAA).
Northwestern and Ohio State each had three students chosen as Scholar All-Americans. The Wildcats were represented by second-team selection Marisa Viggiano, a junior midfielder, and a pair of third-team honorees in senior goalkeeper Lauren Clem (who received her second Scholar All-America award in as many years) and junior defender Kayla Sharples. The trio of Buckeyes included two first-team selections in senior midfielder Nikki Walts and senior defender Morgan Wolcott, as well as second-team choice (and senior forward) Sammy Edwards.
Rutgers junior goalkeeper Casey Murphy also earned first-team Scholar All-America status this season.
All seven Big Ten students who received Scholar All-America recognition this year also appeared on the 2017 Academic All-Big Ten Team, receiving that award for at least the second time in their respective careers. Edwards and Walts are three-time Academic All-Big Ten selections, while Wolcott earned that distinction five times. In addition, Wolcott was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in both 2015-16 and 2016-17, with Walts joining her in receiving the prestigious honor following the latter season.
Along with their three Scholar All-Americans, Northwestern and Ohio State also had a student chosen for Scholar All-Region accolades. NU junior defender Hannah Davidson was a second-team honoree, while OSU junior goalkeeper Devon Kerr was a first-team selection, both from the North/Central Region.
The complete United Soccer Coaches Division I Scholar All-America and Scholar All-Region teams can be found by CLICKING HERE.