MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –
Defenders Carly Black
and Bianca St. Georges
of the No. 1-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team were named to the 2016 Academic All-District 2 Women’s Soccer Team today, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The honor is the third career award for Black and the first for St. Georges. The WVU women’s soccer program has had two or more honorees in each of the last four seasons.
The duo advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballots, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honors will be selected in the coming weeks. Black was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s Soccer Second Team in 2014.
“We take just as much pride in our success in the classroom as we do in our success on the field,” Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “This a tremendous honor for Carly and Bianca. I’m always happy when our student-athletes are awarded for their hard work.”
A native of Horsham, Pennsylvania, Black, a senior, boasts a 3.91 grade point average (GPA) in exercise physiology and also is pursuing a minor in sport and exercise psychology. A two-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, she also was named to the 2014 NSCAA Scholar All-Region Honorable Mention Team. Black has landed on the President’s and Dean’s Lists throughout her five-year career at WVU, and she also has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.
St. Georges, a sophomore and native of St. Felix de Valois, Quebec, shows a 4.0 GPA in exercise physiology. A member of the 2015 Academic All-Big 12 Newcomer Team, she also has been named to the President’s List, the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll. She is fluent in French and English.
Black, a 2016 team captain, has played in 12 games this season and started four, while St. Georges has started 10 of 11 matches played. The duo helped the Mountaineers (15-1-1, 7-0) claim their fifth straight Big 12 Conference regular-season title. Additionally, they have played alongside a defensive unit which has posted 11 shutouts, seven straight in Big 12 play, and allowed just six opponent goals, the second-fewest nationally. Each shows one point on the season.
The Mountaineers conclude their regular-season slate against Oklahoma State on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
It’s Senior Night, and Black, along with classmates Kadeisha Buchanan
, Ashley Lawrence
and Ashley Woolpert
, will be honored prior to first kick. WVU’s Trunk or Treat will be held in the Coliseum Blue Gate parking lot from 5-7 p.m., and youths eighth grade and younger in costume will receive free admission. Additionally, the first 150 WVU students will receive a free WVU bucket hat, courtesy of Coca Cola.
Tickets are on sale now at WVUGAME.com. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for youths and senior citizens, and $2 for groups of 10 or more. WVU students are admitted free with a valid WVU Student ID.