DePaul Earns NSCAA Award for Sixth Year in a Row
Nov. 21, 2013
CHICAGO - The accolades keep pouring in for the DePaul women's soccer team.
After advancing to the BIG EAST Championship title game for the first time in program history and earning a berth in the NCAA tournament for the second time in school history, the Blue Demons received the 2012-13 NSCAA Team Academic Award on Thursday.
Each year, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America recognizes women's collegiate soccer programs nationwide with a 3.0 team grade-point average or higher.
Out of the 593 colleges honored, DePaul's team GPA of 3.53 finished in a tie for No. 33. Felician College in Lodi, N.J. was No. 1 with a 3.78 mark.
This was the sixth consecutive year the Blue Demons have earned an NSCAA Team Academic Award. The only BIG EAST school with a higher team GPA was St. John's at 3.56.
A 1-0 loss at Indiana last Saturday in the NCAA tournament opener completed a milestone season for DePaul.
Coach Erin Chastain's team had the best start in school history, best overall winning percentage and best winning percentage in the BIG EAST.
Other milestones included a program-best, eight-game unbeaten streak at Wish Field, the highest BIG EAST regular-season finish (third place) and the second most wins in a season (13) behind only the 2003 NCAA tournament team that won 14 matches.
Goalkeeper Alejandria Godinez set a school season record for lowest goals-against average at 0.69 and tied the school record for shutouts with nine.