Goeglein named NSCAA Scholar All-American

Senior becomes second Blue Raider to earn prestigious honor

December 17, 2012 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's Paige Goeglein earned another accolade, as she was named third team Scholar All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Goeglein, a native of Ft. Wayne, Ind., holds a 3.93 GPA in Economics. Earlier this year, she became the first Blue Raider soccer player to earn Capitol One Academic All-America honors and only the fourth MT student-athlete in school history to garner a spot on the first team. Goeglein was the only Scholar All-America representative from the Sun Belt Conference and she joins Vanessa Mueggler (2010) as a Scholar All-America honoree at Middle Tennessee.

"This is just another outstanding achievement for Paige," said head coach Aston Rhoden. "She has placed an emphasis on her academics in addition to her performance on the pitch."

Last month, Goeglein was named the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year. The midfielder led the Blue Raiders, as well as the conference, in scoring with 14 goals and 32 points, putting her 19th nationally.

Her eight game-winning goals were tied for first nationally. The Ft. Wayne, Ind., product was named Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 4 and Oct. 16 and also earned weekly honors from College Sports Madness, College Soccer 360 and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. Goeglein was also named to the NSCAA All-South Region First Team. Top Drawer Soccer ranked Goeglein as the best player in the Sun Belt this past season.

Goeglein concluded her illustrious career with 23 goals and 10 game-winning strikes. She finished fourth all-time at MT with a .172 shooting percentage and logged 5,773 minutes during her four year career.

The Raiders compiled a 14-5-1 record in 2012 and snatched their second Sun Belt Conference regular season title in school history. Offensively, Middle Tennessee ranked second in scoring offensive with 2.85 goals per game.

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