United Soccer Coaches Crown Trio of Crusaders Scholar All-Americans

Pictured: Jordan Fike (left), Maggie Peddicord (center), Allyssa Kimbler (right). Credit: USA Foto, Inc.
Pictured: Jordan Fike (left), Maggie Peddicord (center), Allyssa Kimbler (right). Credit: USA Foto, Inc.

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The United Soccer Coaches (USC) have announced its list of 2019 Scholar All-Americans on Wednesday afternoon, December 18. Capital University Women's Soccer is well-represented on that list after having three Crusaders named to the highest of academic awards by the coaches' association. 

Seniors Allyssa Kimbler (London, Ohio / London), Maggie Peddicord (Delaware, Ohio / Buckeye Valley) and Jordan Fike (Powell, Ohio / Olentangy Liberty) were named Third Team Scholar All-America by the United Soccer Coaches. This comes just two days after being named to Scholar All-Region honors by the same group.

This marks the first Scholar All-America award for all three student-athletes. The trio joins a group of 42 women's soccer players from around the country at the Division III level to earn the honor. Only two other student-athletes from within the Ohio Athletic Conference earned USC Scholar All-America status.

USC Scholar All-America announcement

ALLYSSA KIMBLER
Senior | Defense | London, Ohio (London)
Third Team Scholar All-America

Senior Allyssa Kimbler, a political science major, has been a key cog of the Capital defense since transferring to CU prior to the 2017 season. The 2019 season was a banner year for Kimbler who helped on both ends of the field. Kimbler scored seven goals, all by way of penalty kick, and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the dot. Two of those served as game-winners. She also chipped in an assist as part of a 3-0 win over Wilmington College late in the regular season.

MAGGIE PEDDICORD
Senior | Defense | Delaware, Ohio (Buckeye Valley)
Third Team Scholar All-America

Four-year starter on defense, Maggie Peddicord, helped Cap to another solid defensive season. With Peddicord in the backfield, Capital allowed the second-fewest goals (19) and held the second-lowest goals-against average (0.95) in the OAC. Peddicord and Company pitched eight shutouts, which tied for second among OAC teams, and seven games having allowed one goal, six of those landing wins. Peddicord is studying towards a degree in biology.

JORDAN FIKE
Senior | Forward | Powell, Ohio (Olentangy Liberty)
Third Team Scholar All-America

After three seasons with five goals scored, Jordan Fike broke out in 2019 with 10 goals, which tied for the team lead (Avery Hart) and ranked fourth in the OAC. The middle childhood education major led the Crusaders with 10 assists, second-most in the OAC, and ranked fourth in the conference in total points (30). Seven of her 10 goals served as the game-winner, which was second in the conference. She recorded one goal and two assists on the road against Baldwin Wallace University (10/5) and Heidelberg University (10/9), but her best game came against Muskingum when she posted two goals and two assists in an 8-0 win.

 

Capital Women's Soccer Head Coach Matt Ogden said of the trio:

"Maggie, Jordan, and Ally personify what it means to be a student-athlete at Capital. This award is the sum of all the hard work they have put into the program, their studies and their personal development. I am so proud that they end this phase of their journey as All-Americans. They have helped raise the bar for everyone involved with Capital Women's Soccer."

All three Crusaders were named to the USC all-region team earlier this year specifically for their athletic contributions this past season. Kimbler and Peddicord were Scholar All-Region selections last year and all three student-athletes have earned Academic All-OAC laurels in every year they have been eligible.

To be eligible for USC Scholar All-America honors a nominated student-athlete must be an all-region selection, possess a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average, be at least of junior standing, start 50 percent or better of a team's games, and significantly contribute on the field. Student-athletes on this year's Scholar All-America teams will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom at the All-America Ceremony and Reception on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Baltimore Convention Center in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches Convention.

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