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UNA's Augusto Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American

Nov. 18, 2009

TOWSON, Md. - University of North Alabama senior Tassia Augusto has been named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Women’s Soccer Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A Health, Physical Education and Recreation major, Augusto has a cumulative 3.67 grade point average and was named first-team Academic All-America.

Augusto becomes the 11th UNA student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors. Her selection marks just the sixth time that a Lion has been named first-team Academic All-America.

The leading scorer in North Alabama history with 64 goals and 20 assists, Augusto scored 29 goals with six assists in 2009 while leading the Lions to the best season in school history. UNA finished the year with a 19-4-1 record and earned its first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament appearance. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Augusto was a two-time Gulf South Conference Player of the Week this season. She also earned All-GSC Tournament honors, as well second-team All-South Region acclaim.

The 12 members of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Women’s Soccer College Division first team have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.91.

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 his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

ESPN The Magazine – winner of the 2006 and 2003 National Magazine Award for General Excellence – is a provocative and innovative sports publication. Full of insight, analysis, impact and wit, the oversized biweekly with a circulation of 1.9 million looks ahead to give fans a unique perspective on the world of sports. For more information about the Academic All-America Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.

2009 ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-America ® Women’s Soccer Team (College Division) as selected by CoSIDA First Team


Name School Dist. Cl. Hometown GPA Major

GK Tara Carter Otterbein IV Jr. Pickerington, Ohio 4.00 Art & Art History

GK Lauren Sinnenberg Williams I Sr. Westfield, N.J. 3.88 Biology

D Jessica Bennett West Chester II Jr. Littlestown, Pa. 4.00 Elementary Education

D Jenny Knox Otterbein IV Jr. Gahanna, Ohio 4.00 Allied Health

D Jenn Paulucci Johns Hopkins II Jr. Manalapan, N.J. 3.96 Biomedical Engineering

D Natalja Stanski ** Grand Valley State IV Sr. Tecumseh,Ontario,Can. 4.00 Biomedical Science

M Chantal Koechli * Wooster IV Sr. Greer, S.C. 3.97 Biochemistry & Molec. Biology

M Kaitlin Sanders * Ohio Northern IV Sr. Kendallville, Ind. 3.96 Pharmacy

M Amy Scheffer Ithaca I Sr. Schenectady, N.Y. 3.85 Accounting

F Tassia Augusto North Alabama IV Sr. Sao Paulo, Brazil 3.67 Health, Phys. Ed. & Rec.

F Kristin Burton (3) Armstrong Atlantic St. III Sr. Ocala, Fla. 3.68 Physical Therapy

F Taylor Hilinski * Mercyhurst II Sr. Erie, Pa. 4.00 Biology Education


Women’s Soccer

2003 Allison Harris Second-Team

2009 Tassia Augusto First-Team


1993 Kristy Holdbrooks First-Team


1996 Eddie Evans Second-Team


1997 Ronda Price Second-Team

1998 Rachel Price Third-Team

1999 Rachel Price First-Team

1999 Ronda Price Third-Team

2005 Vanessa Ferretti Third-Team

2006 Dee Ayres First-Team


1999 Steve Kosa Second-Team

2000 Josh Willingham Second-Team

2000 Douglas Hargett Third-Team

2001 Douglas Hargett First-Team

2002 Douglas Hargett First-Team