SEWARD, Neb. – Concordia University Women’s Soccer standouts Lindsey Carley and Michaela Twito were both honored by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday (June 3). The pair of Bulldogs were named to the 2020-21 NAIA Academic All-District® 3 Women’s Soccer First Team. District 3 covers the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The 2020-21 Academic All-District® Women’s Soccer Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes basketball honorees in four divisions — NAIA, NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III.
Carley completed her collegiate career this past season and rates as one of the top goalkeepers in the history of the program. On the school’s all-time lists, the Urbandale, Iowa, ranks first in goals against average (0.913), second in shutouts (23), second in save percentage (.814), second in games played (73) and third in saves (297). Among her numerous honors, Carley was named GPAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 and is a four-time all-conference performer (first team once, second team twice and honorable mention once). She also was named CoSIDA Academic All-District in 2018 and has been an NAIA Scholar-Athlete the past two years. In the final game of her career, Carley made 13 saves as the Bulldogs captured the GPAC tournament title, 2-1, over Jamestown. Carley earned both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Concordia while studying accounting and business administration.
An impact player from her arrival on campus, Twito has been a steadying influence in the midfield over the past four years. The native of Ames, Iowa, has appeared in 79 career games, totaling six goals (three game winners) and three assists. Twito has earned four career All-GPAC awards (one second team and three honorable mention accolades). Like Carley, Twito helped the Bulldogs to a GPAC regular season title in 2017 and then a conference tournament championship this past spring. Twito has earned high marks in the class room while studying Spanish and secondary education.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early July.
All-Time Concordia Women’s Soccer All-District Honorees
Lindsey Carley (2018, 2020)
Maria Deeter (2018)
Emily Fleming (2012)
Rachel Mussell (2012, 2013, 2014)
Melissa Stine (2014)
Michaela Twito (2020)
*Both Deeter (2018) and Mussell (2014) were recognized as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.