CLEMSON, S.C. – Four members of the Clemson women’s soccer team Sandy MacIver, Julie Mackin, Sam Staab and Miranda Weslake, were named to the 2018 All-ACC Academic Women’s Soccer Team, as announced by the conference office on Thursday. Staab is the only four-time honoree on the 2018 All-ACC Academic team. It is the second recognition for Mackin, and the first for both MacIver and Weslake.
Staab graduated in December 2018 with a degree Accounting after three and a half years at Clemson. I’m n January 2019, she was selected in the first round-fourth overall pick-of the National Women’s Soccer League Draft by the Washington Spirit.The San Diego, California native became the second player in program history to be named a United Soccer Coaches All-American and Scholar All-American in the same season, joining Katie Carson, who earned both honors in 2001. Staab nabbed All-ACC honors each season she has been in a Tiger uniform and topped off her career earning the 2018 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. On the field she anchored the Clemson back line for four years, playing and starting 80 matches, and helping the Tigers earn four NCAA Tournament berths, including the first NCAA Sweet 16 berth since 2006 in her sophomore season.
Weslake graduated from Clemson in December of 2017 with a degree in Spanish and International Trade, returning to earn her Master’s degree in Business Administration. The Beaufort, S.C. native finished her career at Clemson in style, having her best season in 2018 as she was the Tigers’ second-leading scorer with nine goals and three assists, good for 21 points. Weslake also earned her first-career all-conference selection as a senior, as she was named to the 2018 All-ACC Third Team.
Mackin, a junior defender, has a 4.0 cumulative grade point average as a Nursing major, while continuing to be a staple of Clemson’s back line since she arrived her freshman year. The Castle Rock,Colorado native has played in every game during her three years, starting all but two games. During her career so far, she has tallied almost 4,250 minutes in 63 appearances. This year, she netted her fourth career goal and the Tigers’ lone goal in the 2-1 loss at Wake Forest. Earlier this fall Mackin was named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Women’s Soccer Team.
MacIver concluded the 2018 season earning All-Atlantic Region First Team honors and her first career All-ACC accolade as she was named to the all-conference third team. The junior goalkeeper had 52 saves and a .776 save percentage, allowing just 15 goals for a 0.87 goals against average. The native of Winsford, England was third on the team in minutes played, with 1,548, after she missed the first four matches of season as she was competing with England’s National Team in the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France. MacIver was awarded the Adidas Golden Glove award for her outstanding performance in goal as she started all six matches for England and compiled 38 saves.
12 of the 14 ACC women’s soccer programs had at least one player honored on the 2018 All-ACC Academic team.
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ABOUT THE ALL-ACC ACADEMIC TEAMMinimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.