By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced this past week that four Stephens College soccer players—Jazmin Gac, Anna Martin, Briannica Ponder and Dani Wilson—have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. They are among a total of 578 women’s soccer student-athletes to make the list.
It marks the first year that Stephens has placed students on the Daktronics-NAIA Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete list. In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status to qualify for the honor.
In early November, the quartet of Gac, Martin, Ponder and Wilson also received recognition for their academic achievements with a spot on the AMC Academic All-Conference team.
Senior defender Jazmin Gac, a fashion marketing and management major from Louisiana, Mo., has carried a 3.79 GPA, while playing three seasons for the soccer Stars. During her career, Gac played in 37 matches and made 23 starts.
Junior defender Anna Martin, a strategic communications major from Florissant, Mo., has maintained a 3.66 GPA and played the past two seasons for the Stars. She has been a mainstay on the backline for Stephens, starting in 28 matches.
Junior goalkeeper Briannica Ponder, a theatre major from St. Louis, has maintained a 3.58 GPA. A three-year letterwinner, Ponder had a record-setting season in 2013 as she set an NAIA single-game record for most saves in a match with 36 stops against Lyon College. In addition, the goalkeeper finished the season ranked first in the NAIA in saves per game (14.20) and total saves (255). She logged two career wins in goal and started in 17 contests.
Junior midfielder Dani Wilson, a fashion design and product development major from St. Louis, carries a 3.67 GPA and has been a member of the team since its resurrection in 2012. The two-time captain has made 34 career starts and notched a pair of goals during the 2013 season.
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