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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's soccer program recently was recognized for recording the nation's third-highest grade point average for the 2012-13 school year, according to an announcement made by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
The Bulldogs posted a 3.66 cumulative GPA for the 2012-13 term and were among a total of 872 soccer teams to record a 3.0 or better average last year, thereby claiming NSCAA Team Academic Award recognition for the 2012-13 academic year. The awards were announced by the national organization.
In addition to the team academic award, a total of seven team members registered a perfect 4.0 grade point average last year as FSU finished with the third-highest overall GPA in the country regardless of level. Recently, senior defender Amanda Foster added to the list of academic accomplishments by being named to the 2013 Capital One Division II Academic All-America Third Team for her efforts on the field and in the classroom.
This year marks the fourth time in which the Bulldogs have claimed NSCAA Team Academic Award laurels since the program's inception. FSU was previously honored in 2003, 2005 and 2010.
Ferris State wrapped up the fall 2013 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.
The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals for the second-straight year by upsetting Ohio Dominican on penalty kicks in the league tournament quarterfinals.
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 rival and 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.