By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Stephens College senior midfielder Anna Martin has been named to the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District Women's Soccer Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.
Martin is one of 51 soccer student-athletes named to the College Division Academic All-District® teams, comprised of NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools. As a first-team selection for District 3, Martin will be placed on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected on Thursday, Nov. 19.
Martin becomes the first Stephens soccer player to receive Academic All-District honors, while joining a small group of Stars who have been presented with the prestigious award, an honor which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Other SC student-athletes to be named CoSIDA Academic All-District include Jessica McConnell in 2014, and the trio of Ashton Mixer, Emily Park and Andie Young in 2012.
"Anna is as dedicated and passionate of a soccer player as I've ever had the privilege of coaching," head soccer coach Xander Kennedy said. "It comes as no surprise to me that the focus extends to her classroom endeavors. I cannot think of a more deserving individual to be recognized in this way – she really personifies the notion of student-athlete."
A strategic communication major, Martin has demonstrated the rigorous balance of academics and athletics working as the Creative Director of Creative Ink, while appearing in 13 soccer matches and starting in 11 of them as a senior.
Carrying a 3.73 cumulative grade-point average, Martin has collected several honors in her career including two AMC Academic All-Conference awards and a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award in 2014. She is in line to receive both awards again in 2015.
Athletically, the Florissant, Mo. native has played in 44 career contests for the Stars at both defense and midfield. Martin finally broke through on the stat sheet this year when she delivered a shot top shelf at Faith Baptist Bible for her first career goal.
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