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Dordt Soccer Players/Team Claim Scholar Awards

January 17, 2012

Both the Dordt College men’s and women’s soccer teams received a “Team Academic Award” from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

To be eligible for the award a team must have a combined grade point average above 3.0.
A total of 792 soccer teams(220 men, 572 women), including all levels of collegiate play, posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year.

Of that total, only 161 schools had both their men's and women's programs recognized.  The Dordt men posted a GPA of 3.2 while the women had a team GPA of 3.53.

Dordt College men’s soccer players, Tom Stepanek and Brian Verwolf, were both named to the NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region Team. 

Tom Stepanek, who was selected to the first team is a senior Elementary Education major from with a 3.45 grade point average.  Stepanek played center back for the Defenders and earned GPAC first team honors while starting 19 games on defense.  Stepanek scored one goal and assisted on another while anchoring a defense that limited opponents to a per-game goal average of 1.46.  Stepanek was a second-team all-GPAC selection in 2010.

Brian Verwolf, who was selected to the third team, is also a senior Elementary Education with a 3.72 grade point average.  Verwolf earned GPAC honorable mention honors in 2011 as the Defenders compiled a 12-7 record.  Verwolf started 19 games in goal for the Defenders with 1750 minutes played.  He allowed 27 goals and had a 1.39 goals allowed per-90 minute average.  Verwolf was a second-team all-GPAC pick in 2010 and an honorable mention selection in 2009.

Both players are graduates of Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, Michigan and both were also named NAIA Scholar-Athletes in 2011.

To be nominated for the all-region scholar award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member; be a junior or above in academic standing at the current institution; be in his or her second year at the current school if he or she is a transfer student; and submit an official copy of a certified transcript.

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