Senior Jessica Abshire
Nov. 4, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina seniors Jessica Abshire (First-Team) and Kimmy Cummings (Second-Team) have both been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 teams according to an announcement by the organization Friday. With her first-team designation, Abshire will appear on the national ballot for Academic All-America honors that will be released in early December.
Abshire, who was named to the Conference USA All-Academic First-Team on Thursday, holds a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average as an elementary education major. In the classroom, she is a three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, three-time C-USA Academic Medal Winner, six-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor recipient, three-time C-USA All-Academic member and last year was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Second-Team All-South Region selection.
On the field, she is a two-time team captain that has played in 79 career matches making 77 starts during her four-year career. Currently she ranks fifth all-time in assists (15) and has tallied seven goals and 29 career points. During her senior season she has logged nearly 1,600 minutes on the pitch and is tied for second on the squad with four assists, two coming in the Pirates 2-1 win over UCF in the quarterfinals of the 2011 C-USA Women Soccer Championships Wednesday night in Memphis.
Cummings, who was also tabbed First-Team All C-USA Academic with Abshire, is a triple major in management information systems, business marketing and business management and boasts a 3.90 cumulative grade-point average. The Mechanicsville, Va. native is a three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient, two-time C-USA Academic Medal Winner, six-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll recipient, two-time C-USA All-Academic member and in 2010 was an Honorable Mention NSCAA Scholar All-South Region selection.
On the pitch, Cummings has started 38 of 78 career games scoring 15 career goals, dishing out 11 assists and recording 41 points - all ranking among the top 15 in school history. As a senior, she has had a career year leading the Pirates in goals (9) and points (22) on her way to First-Team All C-USA honors. One of three team captains, Cummings was named one of 20 Players to Watch in C-USA by TopDrawerSoccer.com in 2011 and against Old Dominion posted the first of two multi-goal games when she became the first Pirate since Meghan McCallion (2004) to record a hat trick in the Pirates 4-1 victory over the Monarchs.
The Pirates (11-7-1) will continue their pursuit for a Conference USA Championship Title tonight when they play sixth-ranked Memphis (19-0-1) in semifinal action at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis, Tenn.