Sophomore forward out of Battle Ground, Wash., honored among top NCAA Division I players from nine Western states
Sophomore Cassie Black of the Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team continues to haul in the postseason accolades. Already an All-Big Sky second team selection, Black was recently honored on the Capital One Academic All-District VIII Second Team, as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA).
Black is the fourth Eastern women’s soccer player to be named to the Academic All-District VIII Team, and the first since 2007. She was one of only three Big Sky players recognized this year on the prestigious list.
The Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. District VIII includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.3 grade point average, and be a significant contributor to the team.
Black, a 2011 graduate of Battle Ground (Wash.) High School, has maintained a 3.76 grade point average as a pre-medicine major. She was a member of the Big Sky All-Academic team as a freshman in 2011, and is expected to repeat this year.
On the field, Black led the Eagles this season with eight goals and two assists for a total of 18 points on the year, which ranks third all-time in the EWU record book for single-season points.
She ranked third in the Big Sky in goals and was among the top five in points and shots. Black notched four game-winning goals in 2012, which set a new school record, and ranked second overall in the Big Sky and 35th nationally.
She also tied the school record for most goals scored in a single game after securing a hat-trick in Eastern’s 4-1 rout of Big Sky newcomer North Dakota (Oct. 5).
Black was named Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week three times in the 2012 campaign (Sept. 11, Sept. 18, and Oct. 9), making her the only player in the league to receive the accolade more than once this season.
Black’s offensive prowess helped Eastern more than double its win total from a year ago with a final 6-8-4 overall record. The Eagles tied for sixth place in the Big Sky race with a 3-3-3 tally and 12 total points, which triples Eastern’s point total from the previous two seasons.