Teegarden, Kane Named Scholar All-Americans
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Jan. 3, 2008) - Juniors Sarah Teegarden and Erin Kane of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team have been named Scholar All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches' Association (NSCAA), the organization announced Wednesday.
The award is the first for both players, as they become the fifth and sixth players to earn Academic All-American honors in team history. Ginny Graczyk was named to the NSCAA and ESPN The Magazine second teams in 2006. The pair are also just two of 10 juniors to be placed on any of the three academic teams.
Teegarden and Kane were each all-league first team selections for the third time in their careers, while contributing to the Panthers' league-leading defense. Teegarden was a force in the UWM midfield all season, starting all 21 games. She led the team in minutes played by a field player and contributed three goals on the offensive end. The Batavia, Ill., native was selected to the Soccer Buzz All-Region Second Team and the league's all-tournament team.
She is an education major and boasts a 3.46 grade point average in the classroom.
Kane, an all-region third-teamer by Soccer Buzz, started all 21 games in goal for Milwaukee. She posted a league-best 0.73 goals against average and 10 shutouts, while combining on an 11th shutout with freshman teammate Leslie Deebach. The 2007 season was a memorable one for Kane, as she set school career records for goalkeeper wins and minutes played. She also pushed her school and league record for career shutouts to 36.
A native of St. Charles, Ill., Kane is a pre-veterinary medicine major and has maintained a 3.35 GPA. She has also earned academic all-district honors from ESPN The Magazine and been named to the league's academic all-league squad.
Two Panthers earned the honor in the same season for the first time since Erin Blaedow and Julie Ruma were each honored by the NSCAA in 2001. Blaedow was a first-team selection, while Ruma earned a spot on the second team. Lisa Krzykowski was the other Academic All-American in school history, earning second-team honors from the NSCAA in 1997.
Milwaukee posted a 13-4-4 record this season and won its eighth-straight league regular season championship with a 7-0-1 record. The title extended a championship streak that is the second-longest in the nation. UWM also advanced to the league championship game for the league-record ninth time, but fell to Loyola in a penalty kick shootout.