Nov. 2, 2010
OXFORD, Ohio - A pair of Miami University women’s soccer defenders have been named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN Women’s Soccer Academic All-District teams, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Tuesday. Senior Brooke Livingston garnered Second-Team Academic All-District IV honors while junior Courtney Clarke earned Third-Team Academic All-District IV accolades for the second straight year.
Livingston (Lisle, Ill.) and Clarke (Scarborough, Ont.) have anchored Miami’s defense in 2010 and helped lead the RedHawks to the Mid-American Conference East Division title with a 13-6-2 overall record, including 5-4-2 in league play. Both defenders have started all 21 games this year and contributed to six shutouts on the season as the ‘Hawks compiled a 1.34 goals-against average.
Livingston carries a 3.71 grade-point average (second on the team) while majoring in exercise science. Miami’s 2010 captain has scored a career-high three goals on the year, all on headers off corner kicks, for six points, in addition to patrolling the RedHawk backfield. She had the game-winning goal Aug. 27 in a 2-1 win over Chattanooga and scored in back-to-back games Oct. 3 vs. Eastern Michigan and Oct. 8 at Ball State. Livingston was a First-Team All-MAC, Academic All-MAC and Second-Team All-Ohio selection as a junior in 2009.
Clarke is a mechanical engineering major with a minor in electrical engineering and holds a 3.66 GPA. She has tallied a pair of goals in 2010 while also handing out a career-high three assists for seven points. Clarke was also an Academic All-MAC honoree in 2009 in addition to earning Academic All-District recognition.
Livingston becomes just the fifth different RedHawk to earn Academic All-District distinction, joining Clarke, who is now the fourth RedHawk to claim the honor at least twice. The pair of defenders was two of just six women's soccer players from the MAC to be named Academic All-District among the 34 recipients in District IV, which includes universities in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. Bowling Green’s Alicia Almond was the lone MAC representative on the First Team while Livingston was the only MAC player to be named to the Second Team. Clarke, along with two Central Michigan players and another Falcon made up the remainder of the MAC representatives on the Third Team.
To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-District teams, student-athletes must have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games and must have completed a full year at the academic institution.
Livingston and Clarke lead second-seeded Miami into its MAC Tournament semifinal match-up against third-seeded Central Michigan Friday at 11 a.m. in Toledo, Ohio.