Courtesy University of Denver Athletics and University of North Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Denver senior forward Andre Shinyashiki and North Dakota senior forward Katie Moller have both been named one of 10 finalists for the men's and women's soccer Senior CLASS Award, as announced by the organization on Wednesday.
Shinyashiki is the fourth Summit League men's soccer student-athlete to be named a finalist for the award, while Moller becomes the first female to be named a finalist. The Summit League is one of only two conferences, along with the ACC, that has a finalist for both the men's and women's award.
Fan voting is underway at the Senior CLASS Award Website, and counts for one-third of the total vote. Fans can vote once per day now through November 18.
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.
Andre Shinyashiki: Men's Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Shinyashiki holds a 3.63 GPA in marketing at the University of Denver. He helped lead the Pioneers to the top grade-point average in the country in three-consecutive years (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18), and is a two-time member of both the Hornbeck Scholars and dean's list for undergraduate students who have earned a 4.0 grade-point average while taking at least 15 credit hours. Shinyashiki is also a three-time member of the Summit League Honor Roll.
Along with his team, Shinyashiki is a two-time winner of the Gold Vest, which is awarded to the most well-rounded program at the University of Denver, taking into account community service, academic excellence, performance on the field and support of the other student-athletes. He has participated in the following community service events and projects: visits to the children's hospital; serving at the Denver Rescue Mission; participating in the Grant Ranch Elementary School reading program; working with the Clothes to Kids program; helping with Top Soccer (helping kids with special needs and disabled soccer players); assisting with a field day at a local elementary school.
The Denver captain has seven multi-goal games this season, including four hat tricks and a four-goal game in Denver's 4-3 Summit League win at Omaha on Sept. 22. Shinyashiki leads the country with 21 goals on the season, including eight game-winning goals, which also leads the NCAA. Denver's senior striker has already broken Denver's career and single-season points, goals and game-winning goals records in 2018.
Katie Moller: Women's Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Moller is a communication and physics major who has been named to three consecutive Big Sky Conference Academic All-Conference Teams. In 2017, she became first player in program history to be named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women's Scholar All-West Region Team. Moller is also a four-year recipient of the Presidential Scholarship and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She also serves a teacher's assistant for math, a tutor at the Physics Learning Center at UND, and worked on a research project to help improve the English Coulee on campus.
Moller has been a strong presence in the Grand Forks community as well, recording nearly 125 service hours across multiple areas. The senior worked with UND's Big Event in 2016, 2017, and 2018, Special Olympics in 2016, and Samaritan's Feet in 2016. Moller has served as a youth soccer coach for teams in the Greater Grand Forks area and went on a seven-day mission trip to Guatemala in partnership with UND's FCA. Helping ushering in a new era with the Fighting Hawks nickname, Moller has been actively involved in Hawkademy as well as producing the weekly Hawk Talk videos for the Student-Athlete Support Services Newsletter (Nest Digest).
Moller has helped lead the Fighting Hawks to an 8-4-2 overall record and 2-2-1 Summit League mark with just three matches left to play in the season. The eight victories by UND are the most in the Division I era (2008-present) and the seven points in league play place the Hawks just two points out of a postseason berth.
The senior currently leads the team in goals (10), points (24), shots (64), shots on goal (32), and game-winning goals (4). Moller also leads the Summit League in goals, points, shots, and is tied for game winners.
Finalists were chosen by a selection committee from a list of 30 men's candidates and 30 women's candidates announced in September. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup championships later this fall.
Finalists on the men's side: Ryder Bell, College of William of Mary; Alex Comsia, North Carolina; Brad Dunwell, Wake Forest; Mark Forrest, Lehigh University; DeJuan Jones, Michigan State; Daniel Krutzen, University of Albany; Robbie Mertz, Michigan; Callum Montgomery, UNC Charlotte; Tate Schmitt, Louisville. Finalists on the women's side: Julia Ashley, North Carolina; Alana Cook, Stanford; Katie Glenn, Texas; Jennifer Hiddink, Air Force; CeCe Kizer, Ole Miss; Hailie Mace, UCLA; Kayla McCoy, Duke; Bianca St. Georges, West Virginia; Jessica Wollmann, Radford University.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, and nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level.