Joanne Norell | February 9, 2017
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its Women’s Soccer All-Academic Team on Tuesday, with seven University of Notre Dame student-athletes represented among the team of 50.
Freshman Jennifer Westendorf; juniors Monica Flores, Taylor Klawunder and Ginny McGowan; and seniors Kaela Little, Kaleigh Olmsted and Sandra Yu were all named to the All-Academic Team for the first time. Notre Dame’s seven selections led the league along with Duke, which also had seven named to the squad.
It is the second academic honor of the season for Flores, Klawunder, McGowan, Olmsted and Yu, who were also named to NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region teams.
Westendorf made an immediate impact for the Irish as a freshman, leading the team in scoring with six goals and an assist for 13 points. She was an All-ACC Second Team pick, as well as an All-Freshman Team honoree, and earned ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors on October 18 after lifting the Irish to their first win over North Carolina on their home field. Westendorf is enrolled in the First Year of Studies program.
Flores earned All-Academic Team honors after a season in which she split time between outside back and the midfield, starting in 14 contests before departing to compete with Mexico at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Flores is a pre-professional studies major with a 3.75 GPA.
Klawunder made 20 starts in 21 games for the Irish, clocking 1,826 minutes and scoring two goals and one assist on the season. For her efforts, she was named to the All-ACC Third Team, as well as the NSCAA All-Southeast Region Third Team. Klawunder is a finance major in the Mendoza College of Business and boasts a 3.97 GPA.