MORAGA, Calif. — The Saint Mary's men's soccer team not only excels on the pitch, but also inside the classroom, as head coach Adam Cooper and his squad were recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association with the NCAA Public Recognition Award.
The honor is handed out to programs with an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate within the top 10 percent of all teams in their respective sports. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams.
The Gaels had in total, five players earn West Coast Conference All-Academic honors in 2016. Cooper also had four of his student-athletes earn Gold Honor's, five named Silver Honor's and 10 named Bronze Honor's on the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll.
SMC begins the 2017 season with a pair of home exhibition matches in August versus Sonoma State and Bay Area rival Cal. SMC will host Sonoma State on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 4 p.m.
SMC will take on the Golden Bears two days later on August 19.
Season, single match and group tickets to attend Saint Mary's men's soccer matches are now open for purchase. Tickets will be available online here or by calling the SMC Athletic Ticket Office at (925) 631-GoTX (4689).
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