Girls’ soccer top off successful season with Academic Award Jonathan Kaner

The Staples girls’ soccer team won the High School Team Academic Award given by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America to recognize student athletes' stellar academic achievements on May 12.

“I am extremely proud to be apart of an organization that promotes both excellence on the field and in the classroom,” Anna Sivinski ’18 said. Sivinski only allowed 12 goals in the regular season as goalkeeper for the Wreckers and will captain the team in the upcoming season.

Anna Sivinski '18 makes a save against Fairfield Warde. (Photo / Christian Abraham / CT Post)

According to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s website, for a team to be considered, it must have a composite team grade point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. The girls on the team averaged a 3.64 grade point average.

“It's an awesome feeling to know that everyone is working hard in school as well as on the field,” Tia Zajec ’17, last season’s captain, said. “It’s very impressive that everyone was able to keep up their grades while having practice everyday.”

Tia Zajec '17 lead the Wreckers this past fall. (Photos / Ruden Report / Westport News)

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America gives out ten different awards that range from recognizing individual players, such as All-Americans, to awards for coaches, such as Coach of the Year and the Coaching Milestone Victories award.

Not only did the team show their academic intelligence, but they proved their skill on the field as well. The Wreckers ended with a record of 11-2-3, finishing third place on the table with 36 points. They went on to the FCIAC semifinals and later the quarterfinals of the Class LL State tournament last fall.

The Wreckers huddle up before kickoff against Brien MacMahon in the first round of the Class LL State tournament. (Photo / Jonathan Kaner / Inklings News)

“This past season we really wanted to prove that we were one of the best programs in the state,” Sally MaGee ’18 said. “And with our FCIAC and state tournament finish, along with the award we just won, I think it is safe to say we accomplished just that.”

The team hopes to not only continue their success on the field next season but to keep the academic standards high. “We definitely want to keep up the academic success of the team,” Sivinski said. “On the field, we want to obviously win and bring home some hardware. But beyond that, we want, and I believe that this will happen, a cohesive team that competes day in and day out.”

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