Dec. 14, 2012
BERKELEY - One of the finest examples of the term "student-athlete" who has played at her sport's highest levels, California women's soccer star Betsy Hassett claimed a berth on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America First Team, the NSCAA announced on Friday. This is the second consecutive NSCAA Scholar All-America honor for the New Zealand Olympian, as she earned a third-team spot in 2011. A social welfare major, Hassett boasts a 3.37 grade-point average at the No. 1 public university in the nation.
"We are thrilled for Betsy," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. "This caps off her amazing career at Cal. She proved herself to be a world-class soccer player having competed in the Olympics and now shows her academic prowess with this great accolade. On top of all this she is held in very high regard by her teammates and coaches."
The senior midfielder completed her Golden Bear career in style, leading Cal to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and earning All-Pac-12 First-Team and NSCAA All-Pacific Region Second-Team status. Hassett ranked second in points (17), goals (6) and assists (5) for the Bears this year. At Cal's recent end of the season annual banquet, the Bears named Hassett their Most Valuable Player.
The 5-1 Auckland product is also a talented international player who competed for New Zealand's Football Ferns in London last summer, played in the 2011 World Cup in Japan and took part in the 2008 Under-20 World Cup in Chile.
The news of her latest academic honor came out on Hassett's last day of finals.
"Cal taught me that there is no bottom to the ocean!" Hassett said. "I have had an amazing experience this past three and a half years and learnt so much about myself and how big this world is. I will never forget Berkeley and my friends here."
McGuire added, "She is the essence of Cal soccer, and we are very proud of her."