Jan. 4, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Following another successful year in the classroom, the Utah women's soccer team has earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award, while junior defenders Jenny Hutton and Monica Okapal have each been named All-West Region Scholar-Athletes.
"This is a great honor for our players and reflects the hard work they put in with their academics," said head coach Rich Manning. "The classroom is an important part of the college experience with our team and we're really proud of this achievement. I would also like to thank our professors, academic advisers, mentors and tutors that help create a supportive environment that leads to such consistent success."
Utah posted a 3.24 team GPA and was one of 10 Pac-12 teams to qualify for the team academic honor, exceeding the minimum 3.0 required for eligibility.
Hutton posted a 3.58 GPA while Okapal maintained a 3.46, both majoring in Exercise and Sport Science. Hutton played in 18 games and made 17 starts on the back line. She scored her first collegiate goal on Aug. 30 in a 2-2 draw at Colorado College. Okapal, a former forward who converted to defender last spring, proved invaluable at center back. She played nearly every minute of the season and establishing herself among the Pac-12's best defenders. She posted two assists on the year.
Stay tuned to UtahUtes.com for upcoming soccer news that will include announcements from National Signing Day and the release of the team's spring training and exhibition season that begins in March.