SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo women’s soccer teammates, Hannah Beard and Pia Soesemann were named to the 2009 version of the College Sports Information Directors of America/ESPN the Magazine All-District first and second teams; it was announced Saturday. Beard’s listing is her second in the last two seasons, while Soesemann makes an appearance in her first year of eligibility.
Beard, a native of Liverpool, England, has been just as dominant in the classroom as she has the playing field. Her determination in the classroom has led her to a 3.51 cumulative grade-point-average as she is just a semester shy of graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice.
She also leads the Lions on the field. Offensively, Beard has totaled 26 points on the year, collecting a Sunshine State Conference best 12 goals and throwing in a pair of assists. She has also played in all 13 games for Saint Leo.
Her All-District first team nomination allows Beard to be eligible for Academic All-America honors. She is joined by four other members of the SSC.
Soesemann, on the other hand, makes her first appearance on the distinguished list. Her talent, like Beard’s, goes beyond the field as she has accumulated a 3.90 grade-point-average. The sophomore seeks to graduate in 2011 with a degree in History.
On the field, she has represented Saint Leo well. She currently stands third on the team in scoring with 18 points (seven goals, four assists), while starting in each of their 13 contests.
Sports Information Directors nominate student-athletes from their respective schools for the honor. Nominees must have a 3.30 cumulative GPA and have played in at least half of their of their team’s games. Nominees must also play one full season at the institution.