Greenville, SC - The NCCAA is pleased to announce Courtney McNeill of Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) as the 2017 GP4L Character Award Recipient for Division I Women's Soccer.
McNeill is from Sea Grove, NC and will graduate from SWU after being a three year starter in goal for the Warriors totaling nearly 5,000 minutes of action. As a senior, she has a goals against average of 1.29 with a save percentage of .816. She has had 10 shutouts in her career and 4 of them during her senior season on the way to helping SWU qualify for NCCAA regional play for the first time in seven seasons. Courtney boasts 400 plus saves as a Warrior with a career saves percentage of .734.
The senior from North Carolina has been selected as the NCCAA Student-Athlete of the Week and McAlister's Athlete of the Week, and was the conference leader in saves during her sophomore season. She does not just shine on the field as she has been selected to numerous scholar-athlete teams, including the NCCAA and Conference Carolinas. She won SWU's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year twice (2016 and 2017). She also serves as a SWU Junior Marshall.
She will graduate in May with a degree in recreation and sport management and a minor in business administration and currently holds a 3.99 GPA. She hopes to be involved in sports operations after graduation. While a student, Courtney has gained some experience in sports operations by serving as a Furman University Athletic Department Intern and on the 2017 March Madness Staff hosting regional play.
Warriors' head coach Corey Morrell knows how important McNeill has been to his team. "Courtney is the ultimate servant, always willing and ready to lend a helping hand, and give encouragement and support in any way she can. She is a great friend, a hard-working student, is not afraid to make fun of herself, and is always fun to be around," Morrell commented. "She loves the Lord with her whole heart and puts him first in all areas of her life. I am amazed daily by her faith, her positivity, and her joy. She is a true leader who sets an example with her own actions by serving the Lord, her team, and those around her."
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The purpose of the NCCAA Game Plan 4 LIFE Character Award is to honor, each year, the outstanding Division I women's soccer player selected from the NCCAA member institutions. The award recipient must: be a team member of an NCCAA institution in good standing; demonstrate a clear Christian testimony on and off the court; demonstrate Christian service during her student-athlete career; demonstrate excellence in skills and leadership ability; demonstrate excellent academic standing; and be a junior, senior, or graduate status.