Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication
TACOMA, Wash. - The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its Academic All-American selections for the sport of women's soccer on Friday with Pacific Lutheran University student-athlete Takara Mitsui earning the accolade for the second consecutive season.
The Lute goalkeeper lands a spot on the Second Team, securing the honor after earning Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second time in her career, guiding PLU (16-1-4, 13-0-3 NWC) to its first NWC crown since 1992 and the program's first ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
A CoSIDA Academic All-American Third Team pick in 2015, Mitsui finished the regular season ranked fifth nationally in minutes played, ninth in save percentage, and 11th in goals against average. The nursing major led the Northwest Conference with 16 shutouts on the season while allowing just seven goals in 1,962 minutes of action, playing every minute of every game over the last two seasons.
Mitsui capped off her career second on PLU's career shutout list with 39 and becomes the first Lute to claim Academic All-American laurels in back-to-back seasons since football's Greg Hibbard did so in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014.
The 2016 Academic All-American Women's Soccer Team, selected by CoSIDA, have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at her current institution and be nominated by her sports information director. Mitsui was eligible for All-American status after securing First Team All-District back on Oct. 27.