Valparaiso University had a pair of individuals named to the Academic All-Horizon League Team in women’s soccer. Jackie Thomas (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest H.S.) and Ani Michl (Deerfield, Ill./Stevenson H.S.) were selected to the 11-woman squad that was voted upon by the Horizon League’s faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors.
Thomas, a Third Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American, led Valpo with four goals, all match-winners, on the season. She also was a Second Team All-Horizon League selection as a defender. A member of the Mid-Continent Conference All-Academic Team as a freshman and sophomore, Thomas has a 3.85 grade point average while studying public relations and sports management.
Michl scored a pair of goals while playing in the midfield for the Brown and Gold this past season. A Second Team All-Horizon League selection, the sophomore is earning her second Academic All-League honor after also doing so in the Mid-Con as a freshman last year. Michl has a perfect 4.00 grade point average while majoring in nursing at Valpo.
Of the six schools represented on the Horizon League’s All-Academic Team, Valpo is tied for the top spot with two representatives on the team.