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Nov. 30, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Five student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women's Soccer Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
North Carolina's Amber Brooks highlights the quintet, earning first-team honors. Wake Forest's Aubrey Bledsoe (second team), Florida State's Kassey Kallman (third team) and Duke's Mollie Pathman (third team) and Laura Weinberg (third team) round out the list.
Brooks is a four-year starter in the midfield for Coach Anson Dorrance's team which will begin play in the 2012 NCAA College Cup on Friday with an 11 p.m. EST semifinal match against Stanford. A three-time All-ACC selection (including two first-team nods), Brooks has a 3.81 cumulative grade point average with a major in communication studies. The New Hope, Pa., native was named the National Player of the 2012 Season by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
This marks the second selection for Brooks on the Capital One Academic All-America Team. In 2011, she was chosen for the second team.
Junior goalkeeper Bledsoe became the first Wake Forest women's soccer player to earn Academic All-America honors. A 2011 NSCAA All-American and two-time All-ACC honoree, Bledsoe boasts a 3.91 GPA while majoring in health and exercise science. She started every game in goal for Wake Forest in 2012, keeping eight shutouts, which were tied for the second most in the ACC, and she helped lead the Demon Deacon defense to a 0.84 goals against average that ranks as the third-best mark in the ACC. The Cincinnati, Ohio native has started every game since her freshman season and already holds almost all of Wake Forest's all-time goalkeeping records, including most shutouts (25) and lowest goals against average (0.92)
Kallman has played a key role in Florida State's team defending in 2012 which ranks as one of the nation's best. She has also helped the Seminoles post a school-record 17 shutouts, allowing just 13 goals including four in ACC play. The Woodbury, Minn., native has started 17 matches for the Seminoles after missing the first six games as she represent the United States as a member of the gold medal winning U-20 squad at the FIFA World Cup in Japan. The junior defender has registered four points on two goals as nine of her 15 shots on the year have been on goal. Kallman, a two-time member of the ACC All-Academic Team, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in business with a 3.68 GPA.
Pathman, a Durham, N.C., native competed in 16 matches for the Blue Devils, after missing the first seven contests traveling with the United States U-20 Women's National Team in Japan for the World Cup. Pathman and the U-20 team won the World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Germany. A 5-4 forward/defender for the Blue Devils, Pathman registered one goal and six assists for Duke in 2012 for a total of eight points. She is a psychology major with a 3.88 grade-point average.
A native of Boca Raton, Fla., Weinberg earned second team honors after registering 16 goals, 12 assists and a school-record 44 points on the year. Her 16 goals were tied for a team high and was a career high, while ranking tied for second on Duke's single-season chart. Weinberg also notched five game-winning goals and registered eight of her 16 goals against ACC opponents. Over her career, Weinberg has scored 34 goals and posted 86 points to rank tied for fourth and fifth, respectively, on Duke's career lists. She is a sociology and history major with a 3.53 grade-point average.
A complete list of 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women's Soccer Teams can be found here.