BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team recieved a pair of honors today in the 2008 Academic All-District Teams, presented by ESPN the Magazine, as voted by the members of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA).
Junior forward Serena Murphy was named to the First-team All-District, and senior midfielder Patricia George was selected Third-team All-District, both are team co-captains along with junior defender Lydia Rice. A full list of honorees can be seen here.
Coach Benji Walton had this to say about his team captains...
This is great!!! To have two of our players representing BSC is outstanding. Serena and PG are two of the most dedicated student athletes that I have ever been around. I think more than anyone else on the team no matter where we are, in a hotel, on a bus, on a plane these two are constantly with a nose in a book, constantly studying. They work extremely hard to succeed in the classroom and for them to get this recognition is just a testament to that hard work. On the field they both have had outstanding seasons for us. Both girls have started in every single game and played almost the entirety in each, they have been an integral part of our success this year. I am extremely proud for these two young ladies. There accomplishment sets the tone that our entire team takes not only their play on the field seriously but their work in the classroom and off the field is just as important.
PG has seemed to always have the top GPA on our team, which is no short order considering our team GPA at the end of last year was a 3.6. Patricia is involved in more activities than any player that I have ever coached. She is so dedicated to giving her all with everything she is involved with. She has been a great senior leader this year and I am proud for her that she can receive this honor.
I think this is great for Serena especially with her going down with an injury for the remainder of the season against Maryville. She was having a mammoth year on the field and for me I was frustrated that she might now get any recognition for that. But I think this is even better because it recognizes that she is a complete student-athlete. Every thing this kid does she wants to be the best at it. In my opinion there is not a more appropriate honor for her than this recognition.