2014 NSCAA Women's University Division Scholar All-America Teams
KANSAS CITY - UConn women's soccer seniors Gabrielle Charno and Riley Houle have been tabbed as 2014 National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) Women's University Division Scholar All-Americans, the NSCAA announced on Wednesday (Dec. 17). Houle was a member of the Scholar All-America Second Team, while Charno earned a spot on the Third Team.
Per the NSCAA, to be named to a Scholar All-America Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team.
Charno (Seaford, N.Y.) and Houle (Columbia, Conn.) were both First Team All-Conference and NSCAA All-Region performers this season for UConn, which went 14-5-5 and reached the second round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. The duo also played prominent roles in UConn's 2014 American Athletic Conference Championship victory, with Houle earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team and Charno helping the Huskies record three tournament shutouts and burying a penalty kick in the title game shootout.
UConn's second leading scorer in 2014, Houle finished the year with with six goals and 17 points. She also led the squad with five assists and was one of five players to see time in all 24 contests, starting 22. In the classroom, the senior midfielder currently holds a 3.80 GPA as an Allied Health Sciences major. She was named to the 2013 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.
A starter of 23-of-24 games this season at center back, Charno anchored a UConn back-line that was dominant defensively down the stretch for the Huskies. The senior led the Huskies with 2,111 minutes played, one of three Huskies to eclipse 2,000 minutes on the year. UConn posted an 0.87 team GAA and recorded 11 shutouts on the year, including six in a row in a stretch late in the season that included all three games of The American Championship and the NCAA Tournament first round. Charno holds a 3.30 GPA as a Material Science and Engineering major and was also a member of The American's All-Academic Team in 2013.