West Virginia University women’s soccer student-athlete Frances Silva has been named to the 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Women’s Scholar All-America First Team.
To be named to a Scholar All-America Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; and be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member.
The senior forward is the ninth Mountaineer to earn the NSCAA’s top academic honor since 1999, bringing the program’s award total to 10. The Overland Park, Kan., native is the second Mountaineer in as many seasons to earn the honor, as Bri Rodriguez was named Scholar All-American in 2012.
Silva qualified for the honor with a 3.97 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) in broadcast journalism, the highest GPA listed on the first team. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in sport management.
Today’s honor is the latest in a string of postseason awards for Silva. Named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-America Second Team, she was one of 15 semifinalist for the 2013 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy. A unanimous selection as the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year, she scored a spot on the all-conference first team and led the Big 12 in goals (15), assists (13) and points (43). Additionally, Silva was named the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for NCAA Division I women’s soccer in November.
The Mountaineers (16-4-3, 7-1 Big 12), the two-time defending Big 12 regular-season champions and 2013 Big 12 Soccer Tournament champions, finished the year ranked No. 12 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire College Rankings. WVU closed its year with a 1-0 loss at No. 1-seed Virginia Tech on Nov. 22 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.