Women's Soccer's Gunning, Gelsomino Named to Academic All-District Teams
CONWAY, S.C. – Two Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer players earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III University Division honors by CoSIDA, the organization announced today (Nov. 1). Senior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) was named to the Academic All-District First Team, while classmate Amanda Gelsomino (Johnston, R.I./Johnston (University of New England)) was a Second Team selection.
Gunning, who carries a 3.81 grade-point-average in communications with a journalism minor, leads Coastal with 12 goals and nine assists for 33 points in 17 games. She is tied for the Big South lead in assists and is second in both goals and points. Gunning was one of 20 women’s soccer seniors that were named to the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Watch List. Gunning had a hat trick in a 3-2 win over Wagner Sept. 14 and was named the Big South Player of the Week after that performance. She also had three assists in the 6-1 win over High Point Oct. 8 and scored two goals in the Lady Chants’ season opener at Wofford Sept. 3. For her career, Gunning has 22 goals and 11 assists and is fourth all-time at CCU with 55 points in just two seasons.
Gunning is now eligible for Academic All-America, which will be announced on Nov. 20.
Gelsomino, who carries a 3.71 GPA in health promotions, has played in 17 games for Coastal with 16 starts. She has six goals and three assists for 15 points this season. She now has 21 points in her Coastal career, which puts her in the top-10 all-time in the career numbers. Gelsomino scored a goal in CCU’s 2-0 win over USC Upstate Oct. 31, which was one of her two game-winning goals on the season. She had two goals and an assist in the 6-1 win over High Point and had the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 win over Presbyterian Oct. 3. Gelsomino also was named Big South Player of the Week Oct. 9.
The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Team is part of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American program. The academic team is made up of student-athletes from Division I schools in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To be nominated, student-athletes must be a starter or an important reserve with a minimum grade point average of 3.20. Team members are selected by a vote of members of College Sports Information Directors of America within the district.
Coastal ends the regular season with Senior Day against Radford Saturday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m., with a chance to win a Big South regular season title. Gelsomino, Gunning, Emma Humphries (Wellington, New Zealand/Samuel Marsden College (Cal State Fullerton)) and Jill Karelitz (Columbia, S.C./Dutch Fork) will be honored at halftime of the game.