Phantoms girls soccer team cited for academic excellence

Phoenixville was one of four Pioneer Athletic Conference girls soccer programs that were recently honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America with the National Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom for the 2012-13 school year.

Phoenixville posted a team grade point average of 3.44. The Phantoms were coached by Jason Short during the 2012-13 school year and are now coached by Tim Raub. Phoenixville earned the award for the first time in program history.

Seventeen Pennsylvania high school girls soccer programs and 369 programs nationwide (139 boys, 230 girls) attained the honor this year.

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Other PAC-10 schools selected were Boyertown, Owen J. Roberts and Upper Perkiomen.

The four programs honored with the NSCAA award were also the four PAC-10 Final Four qualifiers last season.

To qualify for the award, the grade point average (GPA) for every varsity-rostered team member is taken and averaged together. Any team possessing a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher qualifies for the award.