Greensboro, N.C., Nov. 30, 2017 – Washington University in St. Louis had a pair of student-athletes named to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches Association Women's Soccer All-America Team, as announced by the Association Thursday at the 2017 NCAA Championship Banquet in Greensboro, N.C.
Junior midfielder Darcy Cunningham was a first-team selection, while junior back Maggie Crist picked up second-team accolades. Crist earns the honor for the second-straight year after earning first-team recognition in 2016. She is the sixth player in school history to earn multiple All-America honors.
"It is an honor to have two All-Americans recognized from this year's team," said WashU head coach Jim Conlon. "We have a team filled with talent and desire. For the All-American voters to select any of our women is gratifying.
Cunningham, a first-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) and all-Central Central Region selection, started 18 of 19 games played in the midfield. She was third on the team with four goals and 11 assists for 19 points. Cunningham ranked second in the UAA and seventh on the WashU single-season list with 11 assists.
She netted game-winning goals against Fontbonne and Brandeis, and also had the tying goal against No. 1 Chicago. She was named the National Player of the Week and UAA Offensive Athlete of the Week on Nov. 7.
"Darcy has been a main part of our dynamic attack as a duel threat passing and shooting," said Conlon. "She is a complete player that compliments her teammates and takes what the game gives her."
Crist, a first-team all-Central Region and second-team all-UAA selection, started 16 of 18 games played for the Bears. She was fifth on the team in scoring with two goals and two assists for six points. She scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over No. 10-ranked Pomona-Pitzer.
Crist was also a main part of the WashU defense that posted 14 shutouts and allowed just eight goals. WashU's goals against average (0.396) and shutout percentage (0.700) ranked 12th in Division III.
"Maggie put everything on the line for us," Conlon said. "In a season that had some bumps in the road, she put it all on the line in our midfield for the betterment of the entire team."
WashU finished the 2017 season with a 17-2-1 record, and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in the last seven seasons and for the 13th time in school history. The Bears were also the 2017 UAA champion.
Cunningham and Crist will be recognized at the annual United Soccer Coaches All-America Luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention in downtown Philadelphia.