COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M had four players named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-South Region Team the NSCAA announced on Thursday.
Shea Groom and Meghan Streight were named to the 11-member NSCAA Scholar All-America First Team. Leigh Edwards and Annie Kunz earned spots on the 12-member NSCAA Scholar All-South Region Second Team. Texas A&M was one of eight teams to have multiple players listed among the 40 players tabbed to the three teams. With four selections, the Aggies were one of four teams to have more than two honorees, joining Tennessee (5), Francis Marion (4) and Tulsa (3).
To be eligible for a Scholar All-Region Team, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior and have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout her career. First Team selections in each region were eligible for the Scholar All-America Team. Groom and Streight were named to the 13-member Scholar All-America First Team on Wednesday.
In the classroom, Groom owns a 3.69 GPA in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences through the 2013 summer semester. Streight boasts a 3.83 GPA in Allied Health. Leigh Edwards has registered a 3.76 GPA in Political Science and Annie Kunz has notched a 3.68 GPA in Journalism.
Groom was named to NSCAA All-America Third Team earlier in the month. She was also selected to the NSCAA All-South Region First Team as a midfielder one year after earning the honor as a forward in 2012. This season, the Liberty, Missouri product led the Aggies with 35 points on 14 goals and seven assists. She earned All-SEC First Team status and was named to the All-Tournament Team as A&M won its first-ever SEC Tournament title in November. In the Aggies’ 3-1 win over UMass in September, Groom logged A&M’s first hat trick since the 2011 season.
For her career, Groom has 68 points on 25 goals and 18 assists. Her freshman season was shortened by injury, limiting her to 10 games, but she posted 16 points on six goals and four assists in her abbreviated campaign. Last year she played in all 25 games, logging 17 points on five goals and seven assists.
Streight was an NSCAA All-South Region First Team selection this season. She earned NSCAA/Continental Tire All-America Third Team recognition as a midfielder last season along with NSCAA All-South Region First Team status in 2012 and was named to the NSCAA All-Central Region squad in 2011. The McKinney, Texas product tallied six points on the season, including two goals. She helped the squad post eight shutouts and register a 0.98 goals-against average. This season, she repeated as a member of both the All-SEC First Team and the SEC All-Tournament Team.
Streight has started all 74 contests during her career in College Station. She has 27 points for her career with nine goals and nine assists.
Another player who made a position change in 2013, Edwards started all 25 matches as a defender this season after being a part-time starter in the midfield the first two seasons. She earned All-SEC Second Team accolades this season, notching seven points on two goals and three assists.
Edwards has appeared in 72 matches for the Aggies, including 40 starts. She has 16 points for her career with four goals and eight assists.
Kunz played in 21 matches with nine starts. She tallied 11 points with five goals and one assist. She was a NSCAA All-South Region Second Team and All-SEC First Team performer in 2012.
Kunz has appeared in 70 matches for the Aggies, including 32 starts. She has 73 points for her career and ranks 10th on A&M’s all-time goals list with 32.
The Aggies posted a historic season in 2013, finishing with an 18-5-2 overall record and winning a share of the SEC regular-season for the first time along while capturing their first SEC Tournament crown. A&M earned a berth to their 19th consecutive NCAA Championship, appearing in the second round for the 16th consecutive season and advancing to the Sweet 16 for the 12th time in program history.