Five Redbirds Earn MVC Scholar-Athlete Team Honors
Kyla Cross is one of five Redbirds to earn MVC Scholar-Athlete Team honors

Kyla Cross is one of five Redbirds to earn MVC Scholar-Athlete Team honors

Nov. 12, 2012

NORMAL, Ill. - A league-leading total of five Illinois State soccer players were recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom, as well as on the field, by being named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Team. Senior Kristin Cooley and juniors Kyla Cross, Allie Newsom and Anna Stinson were named to the first team, while redshirt sophomore Aryn Newsom was an honorable mention selection.

A total of 29 student-athletes were nominated for the award. Nominees must be starters or important reserves with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.00 scale). Also, students must have participated in at least 75 percent of the regular-season matches or the MVC Championship. Student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at their institution. Sports Information Directors at MVC institutions voted for the team.

 

 

Cooley, an honorable mention choice last year, holds a 3.77 GPA as a chemistry education major. She was an All-MVC First Team selection in 2012, as she led the Redbirds to their second-straight MVC Tournament title. The Carmel, Ind., native became the program's all-time leader in minutes played at Drake (Oct. 25), playing 6,592 minutes over her four seasons.

Cross also moved from honorable mention to first team status this year. Also a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team selection, Cross holds a 3.83 cumulative GPA in exercise science, and has earned a 4.0 GPA in three of four semesters. Cross was second on the team and in the conference with eight goals and 19 points, earning All-MVC Honorable status. The Clinton Township, Mich., native set a ISU single-game record with four goals in a 9-2 win over Indiana State on Oct. 14.

Earning her first MVC Scholar-Athlete Team honors is Allie Newsom, who holds a 3.94 cumulative GPA in exercise science. Newsom was a 2011 Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award recipient and two-time MVC Honor Roll member, earning a 4.0 every semester except one. A valuable substitute in the midfield, Newsom played in 19 of 20 ISU matches, starting two. She scored her second collegiate goal against Florida Atlantic for her only points of the season.

Stinson is one of only two honorees who holds a perfect 4.0 GPA, and is on the first team for the second-straight season. The exercise science major was also a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District V First Team selection in 2012, after earning second team honors in 2011. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native is a two-time MVC Elite 18 Award winner (2012, 2011), which is given to the person with the highest individual GPA at a MVC Championship, and also a MVC Good Neighbor Award recipient. Stinson is a two-time All-MVC First Team choice (2012, 2011), scoring three goals and tallying two assists for the Redbirds in 2012.

Aryn, the twin sister of Allie, boasts a 3.83 cumulative GPA in exercise science. She is a 2011 Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award recipient and two-time MVC Honor Roll member. The Redbird goalkeeper was a 2012 MVC Tournament All-Tournament selection. She was named the MVC Goalkeeper of the Week (Aug. 20), after making a career-high 10 saves in the Redbirds' 1-1 draw against No. 19 Illinois.

The Redbirds' season came to an end with a 3-0 loss at the hands of No. 4-seed Marquette on Nov. 9., in the NCAA Tournament.

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