CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia women’s soccer senior Meghan McCool (Glenside, Pa.) has been named a Scholar All-America by the United Soccer Coaches it was announced by the organization on Wednesday (Dec. 18).
McCool was named a second team selection after being named a first team Scholar All-Region selection earlier this week.
To be eligible, student-athletes must be a junior or above at their institution in academic standing. They must also have started more than 50 percent of all games played and been a significant contributor to their team. Student-athletes must also have a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for their career.
Student-athletes on this year’s Scholar All-America Teams will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom at the All-America Ceremony & Reception on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at the Baltimore Convention Center in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches Convention.
McCool, who holds a 3.53 grade point average while majoring in American Studies with a minor in Health and Wellbeing, was named to the first team. She also earned All-America honors from the coaches association earlier this season for her athletic achievements.
McCool tied for the team lead in goals with 15 this season, including six game-winning goals, as she tallied 33 points on her way to All-ACC first team honors. The senior hit the golden goal for Virginia in the program’s first win at No. 5 Florida State since the 2008 season. Four of her game-winning goals came against nationally-ranked opponents. She tied with teammate Diana Ordonez (Prosper, Texas) as the ACC leader in goals scored and tied for the league lead in game-winning goals.
Morse helped anchor a defense that posted 13 shutouts on the season, including a stretch of seven consecutive shutouts in ACC play. She started every match of the season and finished her career having started 84-of-85 career matches played for Virginia. She notched her lone goal this season in a 2-1 victory over No. 5 Florida State in the semifinals of the ACC Championships and added an assist in a win over Boston College.
The Cavaliers finished the season with a 17-2-3 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 32nd time in program history with its 26th consecutive appearance this season. The 32 overall appearances are second-most all-time and the 26 consecutive appearances is the second longest active streak nationally. Virginia spent eight weeks at the top of the rankings throughout the course of the season.