GREENWOOD, Ind. – Simmons University's Ciara Forde (Quincy, Mass.) has been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District® NCAA Division III District 1 Women's Soccer First Team, it was announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Women's Soccer Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes soccer honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. First, second and third-team (if necessary) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December.
Forde becomes the first Shark to earn Academic All-District® honors since former soccer player Justine Beauchamp (2009-12) was tabbed in 2012 . Forde currently maintains a career cumulative grade point average of 3.90 as a Physical Therapy major and has been named to the Dean's List every semester at Simmons, while earning a 4.0 in four different semesters.
The senior was named a Second Team Great Northeast Athletic Conference All-Conference selection for the third straight year, earlier in the week for the Sharks. Forde was among the league's point and goal leaders throughout the season and ranked fourth among conference players with 28 points and 13 goals. Her goal and point totals both rank as the seventh-most in a season for a Simmons player. The midfielder tallied 10 goals in league games, which ranked second among GNAC players in league-only matches. A graduate of North Quincy High School, Forde was one of the league's most consistent scorers, notching at least one point in 10 contests, including a seven-match point-streak from September 12-29, which was the longest such streak by a Shark since 2007. Forde tallied multiple goals on four occasions, including in three consecutive games from September 22-26. She was named the GNAC Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks for the weeks of September 17-23 and September 24-30 and was one of just two players to earn the honor more than once during the season. In addition, the midfielder netted three game-winning markers, including the game-decider to defeat eventual GNAC champion Saint Joseph's College (Maine) in a regular-season match on September 22 in Standish, Maine.
Forde ended her career among Simmons' all-time scoring leaders, ranking sixth with 75 career points and fourth with 32 goals and is also 10th with 11 lifetime assists. She stands seventh in games played with 73 and her eight game-winning goals rank as the second-most for a Shark in the last 15 years. Forde has performed well in the classroom, being named to the GNAC All-Academic Team in both years that she has been eligible.
The Sharks finished the season with an 8-8-1 overall record, including 6-5-1 in conference action and was eliminated in the GNAC Championship Tournament Quarterfinals at Saint Joseph's (Maine) on a goal with 6.1 seconds left to play.