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FRND - Thu, Jul. 20, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. - Emma Cuda closed out a tremendous Friends University career for the Women's Soccer team in 2016 with the highest academic award a college athlete can receive. Cuda was named the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) All-America of the Year following the season, a moment that was voted No. 5 for 2016-2017 by the Falcon coaches and staff.

Cuda started the CoSIDA awards for the season with her third straight First Team Academic All-District selection, giving her the award all three years she was eligible. She was then named a First Team Academic All-American for the second straight season. Cuda wrapped it up with the Academic All-America of the Year title, the highest academic award a college athlete can achieve, being voted the top student-athlete in the nation.

Cuda maintained a 4.00 grade point average while at Friends while double-majoring in Zoo Science and Field Biology. On the pitch, she recorded 43 goals and 14 assists in 71 games, giving her 100 career points. The team won 36 games in her four years as a Falcon, and Cuda had the game winning goal in 14 of those victories. 

The Academic All-America was the first for the athletic department at Friends University, in their third year of CoSIDA eligibility.

Tune in next week for the next two spots on the countdown.