Women’s Soccer’s Hannah Bohner and Morgana Hardt da Silva named
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Bryan College women’s soccer team had two players named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes, announced by the national office Friday. Hannah Bohner and Morgana Hardt da Silva are among the 614 women’s soccer student-athletes across the NAIA that earned the distinction.
The Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete programs recognize excellence in the classroom by NAIA-member student-athletes who are juniors or above in academic standing with a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Students must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport and have attended two full years as a non-transfer or one full year as a transfer. The awards are given annually to outstanding student-athletes in the various sports in which the program is active and their respective teams are eligible for NAIA postseason competition.
This marks the second consecutive year that Bohner and Hardt da Silva have received Scholar Athlete honors.
This year the 2017 Appalachian Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Paul Babba, and the 2017 AAC Regular-Season Champions, the Bryan College Lady Lions, made their mark in the history books with the winningest season in program history. Bryan fought their way to an overall record of 12-7 and conference record of 9-2 en route to the Lion’s first-ever conference regular-season crown. Bryan ended their year in style during the 2017 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round when they forced the No. 1 team in the nation, Martin Methodist College (Tenn.), into overtime before the RedHawks captured the win via golden goal 1-0.
In addition to Babba being recognized for his outstanding work in his two seasons at the helm of the program, several Lions garnered individual awards with Hardt da Silva raking in Defensive Player of the Year, Ruth Rosales earning Offensive Player of the Year, and Makena Giles being named Freshman of the Year. Along with the individual awards, Bryan had more players than any other school represented on the All-Conference First Team, had two named to the All-Conference Second Team, and had six shine in the classroom and collect All-Academic honors. Bohner was the Lion’s representative to the Champion’s of Character Team. To be voted to the AAC Champion’s of Character Team, the individual must represent the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership