FGCU’s Petracco Voted Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete

Thursday, October 27, 2011

MACON, Ga. – The Atlantic Sun Conference honored Gina Petracco of Florida Gulf Coast University as the women’s soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year to highlight the league’s inaugural Academic All-Conference team.

Petracco led the Eagles to a share of the regular season title, scoring a team-best seven goals. Among the other honorees are All-Atlantic Sun selections Genna Petersen, Gretchen Sutch and Olivia Tucker.

The A-Sun introduced the new sport-by-sport Academic All-Conference teams this fall to recognize student-athletes who embody the conference’s mission of Building Winners for Life. All the members of the team boast a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better and participated in at least half of their team’s matches.

Gina Petracco, Florida Gulf Coast University
Senior | Forward | GPA: 4.0 | Major: Public Relations | Hometown: Fort Myers, Fla.
• Helped lead FGCU to a share of the A-Sun crown and No. 1 seed in the championship
• Scored a team-high seven goals, including six in conference play
• Three-time A-Sun All-Academic honoree

WOMEN’S SOCCER ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM Kathryne Husted, UNF (Junior | Defender | GPA: 3.9 | Nursing)
Morgan McBride, Belmont (Senior | Defender | GPA: 3.9 | Exercise Science)
Olivia Tucker, Mercer (Senior | Midfielder | GPA: 3.5 | Biology)
Becca Massip, Jacksonville (Junior | Midfielder | GPA: 3.9 | Marine Science)
Caitlin Gaughan, ETSU (Senior | Goalkeeper | GPA: 3.77 | Chemistry)
Danielle Bethke, Lipscomb (Senior | Midfielder | GPA: 4.0 | Accounting)
Kristen Heikkinen, Lipscomb (Senior | Forward | GPA: 4.0 | Mechanical Engineering)
Genna Petersen, ETSU (Senior | Midfielder | GPA: 3.3 | Sport & Leisure Management)
Gretchen Sutch, Belmont (Senior | Defender | GPA: 3.76 | Exercise Science)
Jennifer Crittenberger, FGCU (Senior | Defender | GPA: 3.75 | Accounting)
Lucy Goffe, ETSU (Sophomore | Midfielder | GPA: 3.94 | Physical Education)
Denisse Soltero, North Florida (Senior | Midfielder | GPA: 3.8 | Psychology)
Crossley Simmons, Stetson (Senior | Midfielder | GPA: 3.73 | Environmental Science)
Sarah Plantz, USC Upstate (Sophomore | Goalkeeper | GPA: 3.95 | Criminal Justice)

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.