KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Senior tri-captain Aurelia Solomon (Washington, D.C.) was named a Scholar All-American it was announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Friday (Dec. 14). Solomon earned a spot on the third-team and is the only representative from the Ivy League.
Solomon becomes Dartmouth's first NSCAA Scholar All-American since former Big Green player Myra Sack in 2008. Sack was a second-team selection that season.
The Scholar All-America honor is one of several accolades for Solomon this postseason. The first-team All-Ivy selection and College Sports Madness first-team All-Ivy selection, led Dartmouth to one of its finest seasons in program history. A stalwart on the Big Green backline, Solomon helped Dartmouth hold opponents to just 9.6 shots per game while allowing just 13 goals in 2012. Solomon and the Dartmouth defense averaged a 0.74 goals against average as a unit. Not only did the Geography major keep Dartmouth opponents off the board, she scored the game-winning goal in Dartmouth's 2-1 win over Penn (Oct. 13), which earned her Ivy League Player of the Week honors.
In addition to All-Ivy League honors, Solomon was a second-team NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic Region selection and led Dartmouth to a second-place finish in the Ivy League standings, its highest finish since the 2009 season. The Big Green also posted a nine-game turnaround from the 2011 season, the first under head coach Theresa Romagnolo.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America recognizes high school and college student-athletes for their dual accomplishments on the field and in the classroom on the Scholar All-America Teams. To be named Scholar All-America, a college student must attain a 3.30 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. High school students must reach a 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.
Players named to the 2012 Scholar All-America Teams will be recognized January 19 at the All-America luncheon held during the 2013 NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis.
For a complete list of Scholar All-America Teams click HERE