Montana soccer team receives academic award

MISSOULA — For the fifth time under fifth-year coach Mark Plakorus and for the eighth time in program history, the Montana soccer program has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Team Academic Award.

The Grizzlies had a 3.49 team GPA for the 2014-15 academic year to far surpass the award’s minimum qualification of 3.0.

In the fall of 2014, while Montana was busy winning the Big Sky Conference regular-season championship, 27 of Plakorus’s 33 players had a term GPA of 3.0 or higher. Last spring 27 of the program’s 32 players finished the semester at 3.0 or higher.

The program’s 3.49 GPA for the 2014-15 academic year was the best yet for Montana under Plakorus. His program earned the award his first season with a GPA of 3.23. It has steadily risen in the years since, to 3.26, 3.43, 3.45 and now to 3.49.

Montana has had 63 Academic All-Big Sky Conference selections under Plakorus, and five players have earned NSCAA Scholar All-West Region honors, with a program-high three last season.

The Grizzlies host Southern Utah at 3 p.m. on Friday and Northern Arizona on Sunday at noon at South Campus Stadium.

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