Courtesy of Grand Valley State, Saginaw Valley and Northwood Sports Information
AUSTIN, Texas -- Four Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) student-athletes were selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Men's and Women's soccer teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Marti Corby and Andrea Strauss from Grand Valley State's final four bound women's soccer squad join men's GLIAC honorees Johannes Sterobo from Northwood and Craig Neal of Saginaw Valley on the prestigious list. Corby landed on the All-America Second Team, while Strauss, Sterobo and Neal were all third-team selections.
GVSU's Marti Corby, who ranks tied for 10th nationally with 12 assists, received a second-team plaudit. The Ada, Michigan native was one just four sophomores who earned Academic All-America honors this season. She carries a 3.82 GPA as an exercise science major.
The Lakers goalkeeper Andrea Strauss was voted onto the Academic All-America Third Team for her work as an allied health sciences major and between the pipes for GVSU. The Troy, Michigan product boasts a 3.70 GPA off the pitch and the nation's eighth-lowest goals against average (0.420). She has also recorded 15 solo shutouts this season.
Saginaw Valley's Craig Neal, a senior midfielder from Auburn, Michigan, had an outstanding season to round-out his career in a Cardinal uniform. He posted a team-high nine goals, adding seven assists for a team-best 25 points. Four of his nine goals were of the game-winning variety for the Cardinals. The nine goals were second-best in the GLIAC and seven assists second only to teammate Alexandar Isaevski's nine. The 25 points were also second-best in the league. He accomplished all of this while maintaining a 3.88 cumulative GPA as a Criminal Justice major.
Northwood's Johannes Sterobo is an International Business major with a 3.98 GPA as a junior. He started every game for the last two seasons for the Timberwolves and finished this year with a 14-4-1 (10-3-1 GLIAC) record. He was two-time GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 14, Oct. 28) and owns the Northwood school record for career goals against average (1.12) and career shutouts (16). Sterobo also holds the NU record for wins in a season (14) and a career (28), as well as the two highest totals for shutouts in a season (nine, five) at NU. He set the Northwood record for goals against average this season (0.93) and has led NU to being one of the top teams in the GLIAC and the Midwest Region.
CoSIDA members in each of the eight geographic districts selected this year's All-District teams earlier in the month. After being named First-team Academic All-District ® Sterobo advanced to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where he was selected as a third-team honoree. These honorees are recognized as the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.