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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University women's soccer senior Amanda Foster (Byron Center) was recently named to the 2013 Captial One Academic All-District IV First Team for her accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.
The 2013‐14 Capital One Academic All‐District Women's Soccer Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, were released to recognize the nation's top student‐athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All‐America teams programs since 2011.
The Academic All‐District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the second year of the expanded Academic All‐America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has increased the number of scholar‐athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All‐America Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two‐year schools.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All‐America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2013‐14 DII and DIII Academic All‐America teams program.
First‐team Academic All‐District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All‐America Team ballot, where first‐, second‐ and third‐team All‐America honorees will be selected later this month.
Foster was among 13 all-district IV honorees at the Division II level and one of only three from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) on the list.
A first team All-GLIAC selection this year, Foster claimed all-conference honors for the second-straight year as one of the league's top defenders in 2013. She played more than 1,600 minutes on the pitch this fall with 19 starts and totaled a goal and an assist from the back end for three points on eight total shots. She wrapped up her FSU career appearing in 76 games with four points and was an all-region honoree in 2012.
Ferris State wrapped up the season with a 9-8-2 overall record under first-year head coach Andy McCaslin as the Bulldogs posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in school history and reached the semifinals for only the third time in the program's 15 years.
This year marked Ferris State's fourth consecutive conference tournament appearance, which is also the longest stretch in school history. FSU's trip to the semifinals also represented the first time in school history in which the Bulldogs have advanced to the second round of the conference tournament in back-to-back years.
Ferris State closed the year with a 7-1 overall record at home this season and the lone loss was a 1-0 non-conference setback to nationally top-ranked Grand Valley State. Overall, FSU outscored the opponents by a 23-4 count in Big Rapids with five shutouts.
This year also represented only the sixth time in the program's 15-year history in which the Bulldogs have won at least nine contests in a season.