GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Taylor University women's soccer players Katie Wierenga, Lauren Engelkes and Fayth Glock were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in the College Division, as voted on and announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The trio of national honors capped off the team's record-setting year, setting a new program record with three team members earning Academic All-America status in the same season. TU also set program-records for most wins in a season (14), most shutouts in a season (11), best goals-against per game for a season (0.65) and highest NAIA Top-25 ranking (no. 16).
Wierenga, the 2016 Crossroads League Midfielder of the Year, joined Amanda Roden as the only two Taylor women's soccer players to be named First-Team Academic All-America. The senior holds a 3.90 cumulative grade-point average as a computer science and graphic design major and earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Crossroads League honors a year ago. The Grandville, Michigan native has been a consistent presence in the TU women's soccer program over the past four years, drawing 65 starts and only missing five games over her entire career.
Engelkes became the first sophomore in team history to earn Academic All-America honors with her second-team selection and was one of four sophomores to be honored. The Rockford, Michigan product owns a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average as a management and marketing major and has provided stellar play in the net the past two seasons for the Trojans. Engelkes only allowed opponents to score a meager 0.65 goals per game in 2016, ranking 21st in the NAIA, and helping the Trojans tally a school-record 11 shutouts on the season.
Glock was also named Second-Team Academic All-America after earning NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Crossroads League honors in 2015. The senior posts a 3.91 cumulative grade-point average as a public relations major and has been a three-year starter on defense for TU. The Trojans held 24 opponents scoreless during the Warsaw, Indiana native's 42 starts.
Taylor now boasts 59 Academic All-Americans in school history, with 27 student-athletes earning First-Team Academic All-American status. TU women's soccer claims six of those Academic All-America selections and three first-team nods.