Hawkeye soccer earns academic honor

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 06, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa soccer team received further recognition after a season in which it tied the record for most wins (13-4-2) and set the highest winning percentage (.737) in school history.

The Hawkeyes were honored for their work in the classroom on Monday, according to a release. The squad was named to the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Team Academic Award list. To be eligible, teams must have a combined grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Head coach Ron Rainey's team had a team average of 3.17 and made the list for the fifth-straight season.

Iowa is one of 10 Big Ten women's soccer teams to be honored. Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, and Wisconsin also received recognition.

Almost 800 college programs earned academic awards this season, including more than 550 women's teams. More than 150 institutions were represented on both the men's and women's lists.

— by Ben Wolfson

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