Women's Soccer's Gunning and McColl Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans
CONWAY, S.C. – Two Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer players have been named ESPN The Magazine Women’s Soccer Academic All-Americans, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Nov. 18. Senior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) was named to the second team while classmate Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) was a third team selection. Coastal Carolina was one of only seven schools that had multiple players on the Academic All-America teams.
Gunning, a forward, was named to the Second Team for the second straight year. Gunning was selected the Big South Player of the Year for the second straight season, becoming only the second player in Big South history to achieve the back-to-back feat. She led the team with 11 goals and 23 points. Three of her four game-winning goals came in Big South play. She scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Gardner-Webb and had game-winners in victories over UNC Asheville and VMI. Gunning had three goals in the Big South Tournament at High Point and was selected to the All-Big South Tournament team. Gunning was selected the Big South Player of the Week Oct. 28 after the VMI contest. She had 36 career goals at Coastal Carolina and is in the top-five in school history in career goals, assists, points and shots. Gunning has a 3.89 grade-point average and has already earned her bachelor degree in communication. She has begun graduate classes in recreation and sports management in the Fall of 2008.
McColl, a midfielder, was named an Academic All-American after being named Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2008. She has a 3.985 grade-point average in biology and has been on the President’s List for seven semesters. McColl played and started all 21 games for the Chanticleers, scoring six goals and adding four assists for 16 points. She had three game-winning goals in victories over Wofford, The Citadel and Radford. McColl also has scored two goals in wins over Wofford and The Citadel. She was selected as the Big South Player of the Week Sept. Sept. 2. McColl was one of 30 semifinalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Earlier in the year, McColl played for Team New Zealand in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Coastal Carolina joins Army, North Carolina, Stanford, Notre Dame, Charlotte and Oklahoma State as team with more than one player on the Academic All-America teams.
Coastal Carolina ended the 2008 season with a 13-7-1 record and a second straight Big South regular-season championship. The Chanticleers advanced to the finals of the Big South Tournament as well as setting a school record with a nine-game winning streak.