Nov. 4, 2009
DALLAS -- Four Rice seniors, Alexa Coralli, Katelyn Ostendorf, Erin Scott and Shelley Wong, were all selected to the 2009 Conference USA Women's Soccer All-Academic Teams, the league office announced Wednesday (Nov. 4) in Dallas. Rice's four honorees are the most from any of the conference's 12 schools.
Ostendorf, Scott and Wong were named to the All-Academic first team. Coralli was a C-USA All-Academic second team honoree. All four Owls are repeat selections to the league's all-academic squad from earlier in their careers. This week Ostendorf, Scott and Wong were also selected to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VI team (for soccer players in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico).
Wong maintained a 3.79 grade point average as an economics and managerial studies major. The standout from Virginia Beach, Va., started every game this year for the Blue & Gray and finished her collegiate career with 13 career goals and 11 assists. She was also named to the C-USA Academic team as a junior last season.
Scott earned the C-USA academic honor for a second-consecutive year. Last season she became the first Rice soccer player in the program's history to earn Academic All-America honors (as a third-team selection). The standout from Richardson, Tex., owns a 4.0 GPA as a pre-med and psychology double major. In 2009 she led the Owls in assists (4) and shared the team lead in goals (4).
Ostendorf has maintained 4.0 GPA in biochemistry, cell-biology and pre-med. The Zionsville, Indiana, native started 18 times on the Owls' backline this year and rarely came out of a game. She played 90 or more minutes 15 different times. Ostendorf was also a 2007 C-USA academic honoree but was sidelined all of 2008 with a season-ending injury.
Coralli maintained a 3.55 grade point average in political science. The Plano, Tex., native scored two goals with one assist and averaged more than 90 minutes per game this season (including Rice's overtime games). Coralli returned to the league's academic honors list for a second-consecutive season.