Jan. 10, 2014
OCSA Academic All-Ohio Teams
Three University of Cincinnati women’s soccer players were honored as Academic All-Ohio members by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA). Jae Atkinson was named to the second team, while Megan Cravenor and Christi Howard were selected as third-team honorees.
“Megan, Jae and Christi epitomize the standards we are setting on the field and even more so in the classroom," said head coach Neil Stafford. "They sacrifice so much for the success of the program, and we’re delighted to see them recognized for all their hard work.”
Atkinson receives her first Academic All-Ohio accolade. The junior midfielder is a Business Marketing major with a 3.62 grade-point average. During the 2013 season, the Mason, Ohio native started 18-of-20 matches and led the team in points (16) and assists (six).
Cravenor garners her second Academic All-Ohio honor after being on the second team last year. The Cincinnati native holds a team-high GPA of 3.91 in Human Resources. She was one of six Division I players named to an Academic All-Ohio Team with a GPA of 3.90 of higher. The junior midfielder appeared in all 20 matches with 17 starts this past fall. She tallied three points on the season.
Howard makes her first appearance on the Academic All-Ohio Team. The junior defender holds a 3.51 GPA in International Affairs. The Cincinnati native started in 18-of-19 matches and tallied one assist on the year.
Only one other year have three Bearcats been named Academic All-Ohio (2011).
In Stafford’s first season at the helm, the Bearcats finished the year with an 8-11-1 overall record and 4-4-1 in league play. This season marked only the fourth time in the last 10 seasons that UC accumulated eight or more wins and only the second time in 10 years that they had four or more conference wins. Cincinnati, who was picked to finish ninth in the AAC, surprised the league by finishing sixth, despite being tied for third entering their final conference match.
For Stafford, the 2014 season has begun. The team began their winter season this past week, which allows the team to meet for eight hours a week, two of which can be with a ball. This month-long season will focus on fitness and conditioning before the spring season begins, which focuses more on soccer technique and development.