Kessler Named Athlete of the Year; Parrish, Meyer All-American

Kessler Named Athlete of the Year; Parrish, Meyer All-American

AUSTIN, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' women's soccer team had a special year on the pitch and now they are picking up honors for their work in the classroom.

Junior Kenne Kessler was named the 2017 CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America® Athlete of the Year and Josey Meyer and Kirsten Parrish joined Kessler as first-team Academic All-Americans as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program is one of the flagship programs of the organization and the program is run by the sports communication professionals from around the nation. Each player is nominated by their local communications director and are split into districts around the nation. Those nominees are voted into all-district teams and the first-team selections go onto the ballot for All-American.

The ballot for All-American is then voted on by the SIDs around the country and it is based on both athletic and academic performance. It is a significant honor to be named to the Academic All-American team.   

Kessler is the second straight HSU player to win the prestigious honor of Athlete of the Year, joining Kami Jones last year. It is the first time in the history of the women's soccer Academic All-America program that one school has different players win the national athlete of the year in back-to-back years. Jones was ineligible for the award this year because of the playing time requirement. 

Kessler, a junior forward, led the nation in scoring with 37 goals and she also added 10 assists as the Cowgirls went 23-1 on the year and advanced to the Final Four. She was named the American Southwest Conference player of the year and was named first-team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches. She is a 4.0 student as a biology major.

Parrish, a senior defender, was named an Academic All-American for the third time. She was a first-team selection each of the past two seasons and was a second-team selection as a sophomore. She has a 3.96 GPA as a biology major. She was named the ASC defensive player of the year and was a first-team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches.

Meyer, a junior midfielder, was named to the first team. She is also a 4.0 student as a biology/pre-med major. She led the nation with 24 assists this season.   

Only once before in the history of the Academic All-America® program has one school had three first-team All-Americans and that was also Hardin-Simmons in 2013 with Caitlin and Courtney Cramer and Devon Howard. 

HSU women's soccer also took over the lead for the most women's soccer Academic All-Americans in the history of the program. They surpassed Notre Dame with 21 all-time Academic All-Americans. 

The 33 women on the Division III Academic All-America® team have an average GPA of 3.94 with 13 at 4.0 or above. The first team average GPA is 3.99.

 

FIRST TEAM

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

GPA

Major

GK

Lily Mueller

MIT

Jr.

4.00

Mechanical Engineering

D

Katherine Campbell (1)

William Smith

Sr.

4.10

Economics

D

Christina Dandar (3)

Kalamazoo

Sr.

3.99

Psychology

D

Kirsten Parrish (1) (#)

Hardin-Simmons

Sr.

3.96

Biology

D

Sydney Wright

Loras

Sr.

3.99

Biological Research

M

Emily Berzolla

MIT

So.

4.00

Mechanical Engineering

M

Josey Meyer

Hardin-Simmons

Jr.

4.00

Biology / Pre-Physical Therapy

M

Sarah Rempe

Mary Hardin-Baylor

Sr.

4.00

Cellular Biology

F

Maddie Fleet (2)

Franklin (Ind.)

Jr.

3.90

Accounting

F

Kenne Kessler

Hardin-Simmons

Jr.

4.00

Biology (Pre-Med)

F

Isabelle Leon (3)

Olivet (MIch.)

Sr.

3.94

Criminal Justice

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND TEAM

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

GPA

Major

GK

Julia Pitino

Trinity (Conn.)

Sr.

4.03

Biology & Neuroscience

D

Lauren Bertucci

Moravian

Sr.

3.99

Business Management

D

Emily Maxwell

Lynchburg

Sr.

3.91

Exercise Physiology

D

Hailey Nichols

MIT

Jr.

3.84

Aerospace Engineering

D

Camille Williams

Carnegie Mellon

So.

4.00

Chemistry

M

Hannah Booher (3)

Trinity (Texas)

Sr.

3.90

Biology

M

Julia Panko

Stevens Institute

So.

4.00

Chemical Engineering

M

Elle Zadina

Case Western Reserve

Sr.

4.00

Computer Science

F

Rachel Bender

Baldwin Wallace

Jr.

3.93

Communication Disorders

F

Jordan Oberlander

Penn State Behrend

Sr.

3.56

Mechanical Engineering

F

Carson Pokorny

Christopher Newport

So.

4.00

Biochemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIRD TEAM

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

GPA

Major

GK

Trishae Winters

Grove City

Sr.

3.96

Biology

D

Toni Abate

Johns Hopkins

Jr.

3.90

Chemical & Biomolecular Eng.

D

Whitley Cargile

University of Chicago

Sr.

3.87

Economics

D

Ali Hicks

Rowan

Jr.

3.97

Psychology & Sociology

D

Allison Stubbs

Coe College

Jr.

4.00

Biology / Neuroscience

D

Alex Wessel

Shenandoah

Sr.

3.97

Political Science / Global Studies

M

Melanie Bell

Frostburg State

Sr.

4.00

Law & Society

M

Lauren Kogelmann (2)

William Smith

Sr.

3.94

Economics

M

Jenna McKinney

University of Chicago

Jr.

3.77

Economics

F

Angelica Bertola

DeSales

Sr.

3.76

Psychology & Criminal Justice

F

Katie Goedecke

Mount Union

Sr.

3.90

Mathematics

F

Natalie Graves

Nebraska Wesleyan

Sr.

3.97

Political Science

 

CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year: Kenne Kessler, Hardin-Simmons

 

(1) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team selection in 2016

(2) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team selection in 2016

(3) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® third team selection in 2016

(#) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team selection in 2015

 

 

 

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