Courtesy: Bruce Mann (Moscow, Idaho)
|Small honored by CoSIDA|
MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho senior soccer player Chelsea Small was honored for the third time in her career on Friday as a Capital One Academic All-District honoree, as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Small, who finished her Idaho career this week as the soccer program’s career and single-season leader in goals, points, game-winners and shots, was voted First-Team All-District 7. Her selection to the First Team means that she advances to the national ballot for Academic All-America honors later this year.
The fourth-year Vandal forward from Solana Beach, Calif. (Torrey Pines HS) was a Second-Team Academic All-American in 2010 and has been voted to the All-District First Team all three years which she has been eligible.
“It doesn’t surprise me that she’s in this category for a third year in a row,” Idaho head soccer coach Peter Showler said on Friday. “With the way she commits to everything she does, on and off the pitch, this is a full recognition of who she is.”
Small is a Math major with a 3.94 grade-point average who will graduate in May. She intends to pursue a graduate degree in accounting after school.
In her four years at Idaho, Small set program career records with 39 goals, 91 points, 16 game-winning goals and 404 shots. She finished her career ranked second all-time in the Western Athletic Conference in career shots and seventh in career goals. Small also holds Idaho’s single-season records for goals (13), shots (121), points (30) and game-winners (8), all of which she set in the 2010 season when she led the Vandal women to a school-record 14 wins and a third-place WAC finish.
“She puts herself in a good position because of her work ethic, time management and commitment,” Showler said. “Those things don’t happen by chance. They happen for a reason, and it’s an excellent example of every part of being a student-athlete. She deserves every honor she gets because of those attributes.”
Small is the first four-time First-Team All-WAC honoree in Idaho history and is the first Vandal woman to achieve that feat in a team sport since Alli Nieman in women’s basketball from 1997-00. She was the 2009 WAC Freshman of the Year and 2010 WAC Offensive Player of the Year. She is a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-West Region pick and was an NSCAA Scholar All-West Region selection last year.
Small recently changed her major from Secondary Education to Math, and in addition to soccer, she has also worked as math tutor for the university.
Small led Idaho in scoring this season with eight goals, one assist an 17 points. Four of her eight scores this season were game-winners. She has more game-winning goals than any other three players in Idaho soccer history.
The women’s soccer Academic All-America teams will be announced in late November. District 7 includes all NCAA Division I schools within the states of Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.