Florida Southern center back Juliana Guida has been selected to the 2017 Division II Women's Soccer Academic All-America Team, which honors student-athletes who have the best combination of athletic and academic success. The senior from Bradenton, Florida recently completed her career as a 4-year starter on the Moccasins' back line and is now the third Academic All-American in team history.
Voted to the Academic All-America Second Team, Guida was already a 2-time academic all-district selection and 2-time NCAA Division II Academic Achievement Award winner. To be eligible for the Academic All-America or all-district team, a student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30, be at least a sophomore, and have completed one full academic year at the college or university they are attending. Since arriving at Florida Southern in the fall of 2014, Guida has carried a perfect 4.00 GPA while majoring in biology.
Of the 33 players on the first, second or third team, 14 had 4.00 grade point averages, and 28 were at 3.90 or higher. Guida was the only player from the Sunshine State Conference to be selected and one of only three from the South Region, with the other two coming from Lee University (TN).
Guida was a Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference defender this year and started 54 of a possible 57 games in her career. She was the Moccasins' team MVP as a junior, and as a senior, she helped the Mocs post a 1.13 goals against average that was their lowest in six years and the fourth lowest in the program's 20-year history. She was also instrumental in a defense that saw the number of shots allowed drop by more than 20 percent from last year to this year as the Moccasins finished 8-3-4 overall and 5-2-3 in the SSC. It was their best season in seven years and earned them a spot in the SSC Tournament for the first time since 2013.
Guida joins Erin Hopkins and Jackie Metz as Florida Southern women's soccer Academic All-Americans. Hopkins was a second team selection as a midfielder in 2008, and Metz made the third team as a midfielder in 2014.