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Two USI soccer players named Academic All-American

November 29, 2012 | Ray Simmons
Ray Simmons
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University of Southern Indiana women's soccer senior forward Susan Ellsperman (Newburgh, Indiana) was named Capital One/CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American for a second-straight year and men's soccer senior forward Austin Andrekus (St. Charles, Illinois) was named Capital One/CoSIDA second-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Ellsperman is USI's third two-time Academic All-American and the second to be named to the first-team in both seasons.
 
USI's first two-time winner was LeAnn Freeland, who was named to the third team in 1996 and the first team in 1997 in women's basketball, and Matt Keener, who named first team in 2004 and 2005 in baseball.
 
Ellseprman also was recognized as second-team All-GLVC and first team Capital One/CoSIDA first-team Academic District IV this year.
 
The biology major, who has an emphasis in the pre-medical program, led the Eagles this year with a career-high 21 points on eight goals and five assists. She ends her career at USI ranked third in total points (68), fourth in goals scored (23), and fourth in assists (22). Ellsperman also is the student representative to the USI Board of Trustees.
 
The women's soccer team concluded the 2012 season with a 10-7-1 overall record, 9-5-1 in the GLVC, and advanced to the GLVC Tournament for the fourth-straight year.

Andrekus is the second USI men's soccer player to receive the award.
 
Duncan Bray was the first USI men's soccer player to be recognized as an Academic All-American, earning second-team honors in 2002.

Andrekus, who also was named third-team All-GLVC and first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV this year, was second on the Eagles with 16 points on five goals and six assists. The finance major also is a two-time Academic All-GLVC performer since transferring to USI from Eastern Illinois University in 2010. The last USI men's soccer player to be named Academic All-District was Duncan Bray in 2003.
 
The USI men's soccer team finished the 2012 campaign as a GLVC Tournament semifinalist with an overall record of 11-7-0. The Eagles also were 9-5-0 in the GLVC regular season. 

To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America program, the student athlete must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). They must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at the institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and first-year athletic transfers are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at the institution.
 

 

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