Paulson Earns Academic All-District Recognition

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M senior defender McKayla Paulson was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 Team for NCAA Division I Women's Soccer, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced on Thursday.

It marks the second time Paulson has earned Academic All-District 7 recognition. The Mansfield, Texas, native earned second-team distinction as a sophomore in 2015.

Paulson graduated with a degree in English, posting a 3.917 GPA. She began the English graduate program this fall.

Battling through injuries this season, Paulson has played in 13 matches on the Aggie backline, including 11 starts. The Maroon & White have logged four shutouts in her starts. She scored a goal in Texas A&M’s 5-1 victory at Kansas.

Paulson has 76 Aggie caps for her career, including 73 starts. She has 11 points, on four goals and three assists.

In 2014, Paulson earned SEC All-Freshman recognition, starting 20 games on the Aggies’ run to the College Cup. As a sophomore she played in 23 matches, including 22 starts, logging eight points with three goals and two assists. Last year she started 20 matches on the backline, helping the Aggies log eight shutouts.

District 7 for NCAA Division I includes all schools in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.

The 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District ® Women's Soccer Teams have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The honorees advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America distinction.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.