FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Freshman Teni Butler
of the University of Arkansas soccer team was named the Freshman of the Year by the College of Engineering in an award ceremony presented by the Freshman Engineering Program on Sunday.
Butler, a defender from Chattanooga, Tenn., is the first student-athlete to receive the award from the school which had a pool of 750 students to choose from. Butler was also a finalist in the program’s mock interview contest.
“I am very happy for Teni, this is a wonderful honor for her and could not have been given to a more deserving individual,” Arkansas head coach Colby Hale
said. “Teni embodies what the student-athlete experience at Arkansas is all about. She works very hard on the soccer field and even harder with her studies and I know that this is just the beginning of what will be a very rewarding college and professional career.”
The Freshman Engineering Program holds an annual banquet each spring to acknowledge the accomplishments of the class academically and/or socially in areas of research, grades, student involvement and overall leadership.
As a first-year player for Hale and the Razorback soccer team, Butler started 15 of 19 games at defender, taking six shots. She was part of a back line that allowed 35 goals over 20 games (1.75 per contest) and posted four shutouts. She was a key piece in the Razorbacks’ 9-10-1 overall record and 6-6-1 mark in Southeastern Conference play, leading Arkansas to its first SEC Tournament in over a decade.
The Razorbacks concluded their spring exhibition schedule last weekend with a record of 3-1-3 and will take the summer off before returning to the field in August for the beginning of fall practice and the 2013 season.