Cross Tabbed as MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week
Cross, an exercise science major, scored two goals against Miami (Ohio) and tallied an assist against Wisconsin.

Cross, an exercise science major, scored two goals against Miami (Ohio) and tallied an assist against Wisconsin.

Aug 28, 2013

ST. LOUIS - Illinois State soccer senior Kyla Cross is the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, as announced by Commissioner Doug Elgin Wednesday morning. Now in its 15th year of existence, The Valley's Scholar-Athlete program honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance in a one-week period and academic success.

Through the season's first weekend, Cross is tied for the MVC-lead with two goals and five points. She scored both goals in Friday's 3-2 victory over defending Mid-American Conference champion Miami (Ohio), including the game-winner in the 70th minute. Then, on Sunday against Wisconsin, Cross assisted on the Redbirds' lone tally in the 4-1 loss, taking on two defenders before threading a perfect pass to MVC Offensive Player of the Week Hannah Leinert for the goal.

Cross, an exercise science major, has accumulated a 3.85 GPA over her first six semesters at ISU, including four perfect 4.0s. She was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team in 2012, as well as the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team. The Clinton Township, Mich., native is the first Redbird soccer player to receive the award since 2009.

 

 

To qualify for Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.

Cross and the Redbirds continue their tough non-conference schedule with a pair of road matches against Big Ten teams this weekend. ISU takes on Minnesota, Friday, before traveling to Illinois, Sunday. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.

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