The duo has been named to the league’s first-team all-academic squad, the conference office announced Thursday. The accolade caps a decorated season and career for Smith who was also named second-team all-conference in late October and special sophomore campaign for Pritchard, who registered seven points including three goals.
“We are very proud of Beryl and Taylor in receiving this honor,” head coach Tom Brown said. “They have both worked hard both on the field and in the classroom and were very significant in helping improve our team’s performance on the field this season.”
As of the conclusion of the spring 2017 semester, Smith was one of 14 student-athletes at Sam Houston to boast a 4.0 overall GPA. The senior did so majoring in food science and nutrition with a minor in kinesiology.
The Woodlands product finished the season ranked seventh in the Southland in goals per match (0.39) as well as among the top-10 for points, points per game and goals. Smith was one of only 16 league players with two-or-more multiple-point games.
Pritchard played in all 18 games while making 16 starts in 2017. The Helotes native owns a 3.76 GPA in kinesiology while on the field, helped Sam Houston average 1.72 goals per match.
“During Beryl’s time here, she has displayed to the team what the standard of being a student-athlete should look like,” said Brown. “Taylor is a tremendously important part of our team. She played a lot of minutes for us in a variety of roles while pushing herself to excel in the classroom.”
As a team, Sam Houston soccer entered the fall semester with an impressive 3.39 GPA. In October, the program earned its 10th-straight United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award, marking the longest active streak among Southland Conference institutions.