Northern Illinois women’s soccer seniors Mo Smunt and Annie Wyer added one more accolade to their already outstanding careers as Huskies when they were selected to the 2010 Academic All Mid-American Conference Team for their performance on the field and in the classroom, the league announced Wednesday.
A 2010 All-MAC First Team Selection, Smunt is earning the Academic MAC award for the first time in her career and joins Wyer, who is receiving the nod for the second-consecutive season, in representing NIU on the list of 37 honorees.
“We as a staff are very proud of Anne and Mo’s academic accomplishments,” head women’s soccer coach Carrie Barker said. “They work extremely hard and it’s great to see them get recognition by the conference.”
Smunt owns a 3.54 GPA in her kinesiology major and started in all 19 matches during the 2010 season. Defensively, Smunt helped NIU to seven shutouts, ranking fourth among MAC contenders, while holding its opponents to a 0.390 shot on goal percentage.
The 2010 First Team All-MAC Selection was part of a Huskie squad that went undefeated in conference play on their home turf to boast a 4-0-1 conference record in DeKalb, while allowing just three goals at the NIU Soccer Complex en route to a 7-1-1 record at home this season. Averaging 1.32 shots per game, the Huskie captain registered three points, on one goal and one assist, while firing 25 shots and 11 shots on goal.
Wyer boasts a near-perfect GPA of 3.96 in her physical therapy major. The Huskie saw action in 13 matches during the 2010 season, recording a start in NIU’s 1-0 shutout victory over Green Bay.
Wyer fired shots on goal in contests against Green Bay and MAC Co-Champion Central Michigan. The Huskie saw action in five of the seven Huskie shutouts, recording time in the Huskies 1-0 shutout victories over MAC foes Ball State and Bowling Green. Wyer also saw time in the Huskies shutout victories over Creighton, SIU Edwardsville and Green Bay
The number of honorees on the MAC All-Academic team is the number that is set for the specific sport or 33 percent of the number of nominees, whichever is greater. Academic All-MAC award recipients are selected by faculty athletic representatives from each MAC institution.
Recipients are chosen based on both their athletic and academic performances. Student-athletes selected must hold a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of competition during the past season.