FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After a solid season on the field, Arkansas standout women’s soccer player Ashleigh Ellenwood has added yet another prestigious award as the junior forward was named a Capital One Third Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday afternoon.
The Capital One Academic All-America program is the most prestigious program honoring student-athletes for their success in the classroom. Recipients of Academic All-America or academic all-district honors must carry a cumulative GPA or 3.3 or better and have reached sophomore standing academically. Ellenwood owns a 3.87 GPA for her career as a Biochemistry major.
Ellenwood, who got an early jump on her preparation for the 2014 campaign when she participated in the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Domestic Training Camp from July 15-22 in Seattle, Wash., is a highly decorated student-athlete. On the field, she was named to the College Sports Madness All-SEC First Team, the College Sports Madness All-American Third Team and the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District 6 First Team. This year she led the team in points (24; 5 goals, 14 assists), marking the third straight season she has led the team in points, and set the program’s single-season assists record (14).
Her career numbers put her amongst the best to ever wear a Razorback soccer kit. The Michigan City, Ind. native is currently second on the school’s all-time assists list with 22, just four behind record-holder Holly Collins who handed out 26 assists from 1997-01. Her 72 career points put her fourth on the program’s all-time points list and she is tied for fifth on the school’s all-time goals list (25).
Ellenwood is one of seven players from the SEC to have earned Academic All-America honors. She is also the lone soccer player (male or female) from a school in Arkansas to earn the award.
The Razorbacks finished the regular season with a 9-7-6 mark, giving the program its first back-to-back winning season since the 2008, 2009 seasons. Head Coach Colby Hale and his Arkansas squad were also the No. 9 seed in the conference tournament and earned the program’s second consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament (second in school history). After picking up a 3-2 overtime victory at Oklahoma in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, the Razorbacks fell at No. 3 Stanford, 1-0, in the Round of 32 to end the season.
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