MOUNT PLEASANT - Five Central Michigan soccer student-athletes were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Scholar All-Central Team Friday, the organization announced.
Seniors Claire Horton and Liesel Toth were each named to the first team, while senior Chelsi Abbott was CMU's lone second-team selection. Juniors Bailey Brandon and Ashley Mejilla rounded out the Chippewas' selections, each garnering third-team honors.
Horton (Royal Oak, Mich./Royal Oak/3.34 GPA) and Toth (Victor, N.Y./Victor/3.86 GPA) become the third and fourth first-team selections in program history, joining former Chippewas Anne Decker and Shay Mannino. They were each named to the NSCAA Great Lakes Regional teams in December, while Toth was also named to the NSCAA Scholar All-America Team.
Abbott (Woodstock, Ont./St. Mary's/3.91 GPA) is a biology major and was also named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District V Second Team in the fall. The senior capped her career with three goals and six points in 2011 and is a part of the all-time winningest class in program history with 60 career wins.
Brandon (Livonia, Mich./Livonia Churchill/3.91 GPA), a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team selection, also earns NSCAA Scholar All-Region honors for the first time her career. She is majoring in economics and law.
Mejilla (Mississauga, Ont./Loyola Catholic/3.84 GPA) is a health fitness major. She had a breakout season in 2011, being named first-team All-MAC after leading the Chippewas with five goals and 13 points. The award is the second academic accolade of her career after being named an Academic All-MAC selection in 2010.
The Chippewas recently claimed their seventh-straight NSCAA Academic National Championship by posting the top team cumulative GPA in the nation with a 3.70.