EUGENE, Ore.-- Senior midfielder Scout Libke has been named a candidate for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. Libke, a native of Portland, Ore., is one of two Pac-12 players announced as candidates on Tuesday, joining Stanford midfielder Mariah Nogueira.
Libke was a second team NSCAA All-Pacific Region selection in 2011, becoming just the second Duck to earn an NSCAA all-regional designation since 2006. She has started every match for Oregon in three-plus seasons with the program and, in 2011, she registered a team-high four goals. Libke was a first team All-Pac-12 selection last year and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2009. This season, she has been a staple in the middle of the field where she runs the offense from her defensive midfield position and has picked up a goal—a game-winner against Seattle on Sept. 14— and two assists in eight games.
““It has been an absolute privilege having Scout Libke play for us these past 3 years. She is on a different level with her skill and smoothness on the ball. She can do just about anything with the ball at her feet and she has developed into a great leader of this program,” said Oregon head coach Tara Erickson.
A player who leads by example, Libke has made a concerted effort to be a vocal leader as well. She is a team captain and has been counted upon to fill various roles on the pitch and among the team leadership. Libke is a two-time Academic All-Conference selection and carries a 3.36 GPA while double majoring in Spanish and Journalism. She has targeted Spring of 2014 for graduation prior to which she will study abroad. Off the field, Libke is actively involved with community service efforts with various organizations, including O-Heroes, the student-athlete community organization at Oregon. Most recently with O-Heroes, she assisted with the reopening and ribbon cutting of the Boys and Girls club of Emerald Valley in Eugene. She helped organize a youth “O”lympics that paired participating children with student-athletes and was held in conjunction with the reopening of the Boys and Girls Club. Libke also assisted at the student-athlete talent show where she assembled and distributed Thanksgiving baskets.
More about the Senior CLASS Award
Sixty NCAA® men’s and women’s soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate soccer. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
Women's Soccer Candidates
Caitlin Alves, Hartford
Alex Balcer, Long Beach State
Mallory Baum, Southern Methodist
Bailey Brandon, Central Michigan
Amber Brooks, North Carolina
Tara Campbell, Duke
Allie Chandler, Arkansas
Anina Cicerone, Western Michigan
Lauren Costa, Montana
Abi Cottam, Rider
Adrianna AD Franch, Oklahoma State
Natalia Gaitan, Toledo
Cynthia Jacobo, Cal State Northridge
Tishia Jewell, Central Florida
Scout Libke, Oregon
Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall, Brigham Young
Kylie Louw, Stephen F. Austin State
Ally Miller, Marquette
Caroline Miller, Virginia
Mariah Nogueira, Stanford
Natalie Norris, Utah State
Mallory Schaffer, William and Mary
Sarah Schaidle, Charleston
Nichole Schiro, Loyola (Maryland)
Lauren Smedley, Lafayette
Clare Stachel, Michigan
Erika Tymrak, Florida
Beth West, Texas A&M
Colleen Williams, Dayton
Kathryn Williamson, Florida
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