LOGAN, Utah – Utah State soccer player Natalie Norris was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Women’s College Scholar All-America Team, earning third-team recognition. A junior defender from Sandy, Utah, Norris earned first-team all-West Region honors to advance to the national ballot. She has posted a 3.94 GPA in nutrition and food sciences to help lead the Aggies not only in the classroom, but also helping Utah State capture the NSCAA Team Academic Award after posting a 3.43 grade point average. This is the ninth-straight year that the Aggies have been honored with the NSCAA award. Norris is the only player from the Western Athletic Conference on the three-team list and is one of two players from Utah recognized, joined by Carlee Payne of BYU on the third-team. This is Norris’ first Scholar All-America honor after earning all-region accolades for the second year in a row, earning third-team honors in 2010. Norris has earned academic all-WAC honors her first two seasons and is expected to earn her third once the 2011 awards are announced by the conference office later this week. She became the first defender in the WAC to earn back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year honors since San Jose State’s Rachelle Jagdeo in 2005-06. Norris also earned her second-straight first-team honor after being the anchor of the USU defense that allowed only three goals in conference play. She was also one of four Aggies named to the WAC all-tournament team. The NSCAA first-team scholar athletes were recognized at the annual All-America Luncheon, held this past weekend in Kansas City, Mo., in conjunction with the 2012 NSCAA Convention there. Utah State ended the season with a 15-5-2 record, winning its first WAC Tournament. USU also captured its second-straight WAC regular season title. Fans can follow USU soccer at http://twitter.com/USUsoccer and Utah State athletics at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics. -USU-
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