The 2012-13 Eastern Washington women's soccer team was honored by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America Thursday, receiving an Academic Award along with 592 other women's teams across the nation for posting a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The team, who received the award for the 12th-straight year, compiled a cumulative GPA for the 2012-13 school year of 3.46.
The Eagles crew from a year ago ended the 2012 campaign with a 6-8-4 overall record and an even 3-3-3 conference record. The mark, their best winning percentage in three seasons, tied them for sixth in the conference, led by then-sophomore Cassie Black's 18 points (8 goals, 2 assists). By season's end, Black had claimed the career record for most game-winning goals (6), and broke the single-season record as well with four game-winners in 2012. Black also tied for most goals in a single game after securing a hat-trick in a 4-1 win against North Dakota.
At the end of the 2012 season, four Eagle players were recognized by the league's nine head coaches as members of the All-Big Sky Conference team. With the league increasing to ten teams this season, capturing postseason accolades was harder than ever – a testament to the strong performances shown by members of Eastern's squad. Brannan and Black were named to the All-Big Sky Second Team, while sophomore Katie Cashman and junior Katy Allen grabbed Honorable Mention accolades.
Black was also a Capital One Academic All-District VIII Second Team selection – Eastern's first player to earn the honor since 2007 - and 18 Eagles were named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team following the 2012 season.