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September 27, 2023 8:22 pm

Four Trojans receive academic laurels

MOUNT OLIVE — The University of Mount Olive women’s soccer team featured four players named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team, as junior midfielder Makenna Copley, senior defender Samantha Hamrick, junior midfielder Amanda McLeod and senior goalkeeper Nicole Solicito earned the award.

With this honor, all four individuals are eligible for consideration on the CSC Academic All-American Team that will be announced this month.

Copley appeared in all 18 games with four starts this fall while totaling three points on one goal and one assist. She maintains a 3.80 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in business administration/computer information systems.

Hamrick was named to the all-conference second-team after starting all 18 matches on the backline. She logged the most minutes on the team and was a vital piece in the UMO defense that totaled seven shutouts, including five in league play. Hamrick boasts a 3.61 GPA while majoring in elementary education.

McLeod earned all-conference honors for the second time in her career after being voted to the second-team in 2022. She registered seven points behind two goals and three assists while starting 17 matches this season. McLeod holds a 3.56 GPA and is pursuing a degree in mathematics.

The starting goalkeeper, Solicito posted a 13-4-0 record with 48 saves while facing nearly 150 attempts on goal. She ranked second in the conference in goalie minutes played and fourth in the league with a 1.24 goals-against average after totaling six shutouts in the net. Solicito maintains a 3.76 cumulative GPA while finalizing a degree in social studies education.

To qualify for the academic all-district honors, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically and in athletic eligibility, must maintain a cumulative 3.50 GPA or higher, and must have played at least 50 percent of the team’s games. Additionally, each institution is capped at six nominees in the sport of women’s soccer.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics