CHARLESTON, S.C. - College of Charleston junior women's soccer player Sarah Schaidle embodies what a complete student-athlete should be and was named a 2011 Capital One Academic All-District first-team selection as a standout both in the classroom and on the soccer field.
Schaidle is a spark and a playmaker in the Cougars' midfield. She possesses great leadership attributes and determination which helped lead the Cougars to a record-breaking 13-win season and runner-up finish in the SoCon Championship.
"Sarah Schaidle is a tremendous student athlete for us," said head coach Christian Michner. "On the field, she is fantastic and scores a lot of goals and does great things for our program. Off the field, she does a tremendous job in the classroom to maintain an awesome GPA and her status in the Honors College. She is the epitome of the whole student-athlete getting it done on and off the field.
"She has worked extremely hard her entire life to be such a threat on the soccer field. It's not easy to be that good on the field while still being able to maintain such a high level of excellence in the classroom. It's a pleasure to coach someone who works as hard on the field as she does off the field."
The honor adds to the Simpsonville, S.C., native's 2011 honors which include first-team All-Southern Conference as well as the SoCon all-tournament team.
Her on-field accolades are complemented by her 3.70 GPA as a biochemistry major and member of the Honors College.
Schaidle consistently ignites the Cougar offense and led the 2011 squad in shots while netting seven goals and assisting three. She scored three goals which won games for the Cougars including hard-fought, one-goal wins over SoCon opponents Chattanooga and Davidson.
The Academic All-District teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) to recognize the nation's top student‐athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One became the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All‐America teams in 2011.
As a first-team selection, Schaidle advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later in Nov.
The Academic All‐District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. Schaidle made the District IV team which encompasses Division I schools in South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Puerto Rico.
|GK||Jessica Smith||Furman||Sr.||Franklin, Tenn.||3.96||Chemistry|
|D||Torri Allen||Georgia||So.||Stafford, Va.||3.70||Animal Health (pre-vet)|
|D||Jenna Buckley||Georgia||Sr.||Atlanta, Ga.||3.70||Finance|
|D||Bri Cagle||Georgia State||Sr.||Houston, Texas||4.12||History|
|D||Jennifer Crittenberger||Florida Gulf Coast||Jr.||Lighthouse Point, Fla.||3.75||Accounting|
|D||Kassey Kallman||Florida State||So.||Woodbury, Minn.||3.81||Business|
|M||Tahnai Annis||Florida||Sr.||Zanesville, Ohio||3.51||Sport Management|
|M||Katy Fierson||Auburn||Sr.||Homewood, Ala.||3.94||Political Science|
|M||Tori Huster||Florida State||Sr.||Cincinnati, Ohio||3.78||Exercise Science|
|M||Sarah Schaidle||College of Charleston||Jr.||Simpsonville, S.C.||3.70||Biochemistry|
|M||Olivia Tucker||Mercer||Sr.||Peachtree City, Ga.||3.55||Biology|
|F||Sarah Bennett||Georgia State||Jr.||Centennial, Colo.||3.59||Mathematics|
|F||Jewel Evans||Georgia State||So.||Alpharetta, Ga.||3.75||Managerial Science|
|F||Tishia Jewell||Central Florida||Jr.||Satellite Beach, Fla.||3.72||Psych. (BA)/non-profit mgmt. (MA)|
|F||Gina Petracco||Florida Gulf Coast||So.||Fort Myers, Fla.||4.00||Communications|