By Augsburg Sports Information
MINNEAPOLIS – Augsburg College women's soccer defender Emily Gregg (Sr., River Falls, Wis.) was named as one of 174 nationwide recipients of a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, honoring her achievements as both a scholar and an athlete.
The award is the latest in a season of honors for Gregg, who was a four-year starter on defense and a leader of Augsburg women's soccer squads that went 59-19-5 (.740 winning percentage) during her career, including a 31-11-2 (.727) record in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. Her Auggies shared the MIAC regular-season title in 2014 and won MIAC playoff crowns in both 2014 and 2016, qualifying for the NCAA Division III national tournament each year.
In 2016, Gregg earned Division III All-American honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (second-team defender) and D3soccer.com (third-team defender). Gregg was also named as a first-team honoree on the NSCAA All-North Region squad, and to the All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team. Gregg was also named as an All-MIAC honorable-mention selection in 2015. She earned Athlete of the Year-Team Sports honors at the 2017 Auggie Awards, Augsburg's year-end athletic awards celebration.
A biology major with a 3.72 grade-point average, Gregg also earned NSCAA Scholar All-America first-team and NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region first-team honors this season.
Gregg is the first Auggie to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship since baseball player Gary Mariscal earned the honor in 2014. The NCAA awards $7,500 scholarships to 174 graduating student-athletes (29 men and 29 women each for fall, winter and spring sports seasons) to pursue graduate studies. According to the NCAA, "Athletics and academic achievements, campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership are evaluated" in awarding the scholarships.
Gregg will attend graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She said that her career goal is to "become a wildlife/large animal veterinarian and potentially work for a national organization, such as the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture), to conduct wildlife disease research."
A team co-captain in 2016, Gregg developed a reputation as one of the best defensive sweepers in the MIAC – the last line of defense between the opponent's offense and the goalkeeper. She was part of a defense that helped produce 15 team shutouts in 2016, while allowing just 10 goals and a 0.44 team goals against-average – all three totals second-best among MIAC teams in overall statistics. Augsburg's team GAA was 18th-best among NCAA Division III teams nationally, and its 15 shutouts were tied for 13th-most in Division III. Gregg's 1,884 minutes played (85.6 minutes per-game) led the team, and she finished with two goals and one assist for five points, including a game-winning goal, as the Auggies set a single-season school record with 18 victories (18-5-0 overall, 8-3-0 MIAC).
In her 81 career games (79 starts), she finished her career with three goals and seven assists for 13 points, and was a part of 45 team shutouts and a 0.70 team goals-against-average.