Megan Golden | February 4, 2018
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its women's soccer All-Academic Team on Thursday, and five University of Notre Dame student-athletes were selected to the team. Notre Dame's Monica Flores, Natalie Jacobs, Ginny McGowan, Jennifer Westendorf and Sandra Yu were recognized for their academic standing as well as their performance on the field.
ACC All-Academic Team members must obtain a 3.0 GPA in the previous semester and own a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in their academic careers. Athletic achievements during the 2017 season also are considered.
Yu, who currently is enrolled in the Masters in Management program, previously was named a United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American. Yu became the 53rd United Soccer Coaches All-American in program history on Nov. 30.
A native of Strongsville, Ohio, Yu was drafted by Portland Thorns FC on January 18 after a career season. Yu started all 22 games for Notre Dame in 2017 and earned the start in each of the team's last 63 games. Yu's 21 points, eight goals and five assists more than doubled her previous career high totals.
Flores, a native of Livingston, New Jersey, appeared in 19 games and tallied seven points on one goal and five assists for the Irish. Flores graduated with a degree in pre-professional studies in the fall.
McGowan, a marketing major, finished her career this past fall, when she played in 22 games on defense for the Irish. McGowan netted the final penalty kick in Notre Dame's NCAA second round match at Texas A&M to advance to the Sweet 16.
Westendorf, who is studying accountancy, played in all 22 of Notre Dame's contests. The sophomore forward recorded the second-most points of any Irish player with 27. Westendorf tallied 10 goals and a tied for the team lead with seven assists in 2017.