Senior Jessica Abshire named Capital One Second-Team Academic All-America
Dec. 2, 2011
TOWSON, Md. - Senior midfielder Jessica Abshire is one of 33 Division I women's soccer players to be named 2011 Capital One Academic All-America (second-team), as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday evening.
The Wake Forest, N.C. native, who was named to the second-team, is the third such honoree in program history, as Kristin Hoyle was a Verizon/CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-America selection in 2002 and Madison Keller was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America Scholar in 2008.
Abshire, who was a Capital One Academic All-District 3 and Conference USA All-Academic First-Team selection, 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.
"This is a great honor for both Jessica and our program," head coach Rob Donnenwirth said. "As a two-time team captain, Jessica led by example on and off the field and to carry a perfect 4.0 grade point average through out her four years while playing Division I soccer is truly amazing. She is model student-athlete and no one is more deserving of this honor."
On the field, she is a two-time team captain that played in 80 career matches making 78 starts during her four-year career. She finished her career ranked fifth all-time in assists (15) and tallied 29 career points. During her senior season, she logged nearly 1,700 minutes on the pitch dishing out four assists, two coming in the Pirates 2-1 win over UCF in the quarterfinals of the 2011 C-USA Women Soccer Championships.