Senior forward Reese Davidson of Westmont Women’s Soccer (16-1-3) has been  named to the 2022 Academic All-America Women’s Soccer NAIA First Team, selected by College Sports Communicators.

Davidson, who hails from Rancho Santa Margarita, is the 16th Westmont student-athlete to be named to an All-America team and the third Westmont women’s soccer player.

“I am so honored to receive this award,” said Davidson. “I’ve worked hard, but have been able to do so through abundant support from my family, professors, coaches, and friends. I remember my first semester at Westmont, Dr. Howell encouraged us to take our opportunity to learn at Westmont seriously as God prepares us to do His work in the world. So, I’ve had a much greater purpose as I’ve studied.”

The prestigious award, presented annually to just 11 first team and 11 second team recipients, recognizes both academic achievement and athletic accomplishment.

Davidson, who is a mathematics major, holds a 3.93 GPA. During the course of her academic pursuits, she was recognized with the Leonard Euler Outstanding Sophomore Award.

As a result of her performance on the soccer pitch, Davidson was named the 2022 Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year. She led the conference in both goals scored (18) and points (38). Davidson, who tallied five game-winning goals, also served as a team captain.

“This is super exciting,” expressed Westmont’s head coach Jenny Jaggard. “I am so proud of Reese and how hard she works on the field and in the classroom. She has a very impressive list of academic and athletic accomplishments this year.  

“Even more important than her individual accomplishments, she has also done a fantastic job as a team captain leading this team with a true servant’s heart. Reese has left a legacy of excellence for future Westmont women’s soccer players that will continue to help shape this program for years to come.”

Davidson also received NAIA All-American honorable mention recognition, as did senior defender Taylie Scott from Maple Grove, Minnesota.

“I am so proud of what Taylie has accomplished this year on the field and in the classroom,” said Jaggard. “Defenders don’t generally get the accolades that forwards do, but Taylie has consistently proven that she is one of the best NAIA defenders in the country, so it is exciting to see her get recognition. 

“Taylie  is one of the most competitive people I know, and has a tremendous work ethic on the field and in the classroom.  She is also a captain for our team and she has done an incredible job modeling excellence and servant leadership to her teammates.”

Scott led a defensive squad that allowed just 13 goals this season in 20 games and produced 10 shutouts. Scott’s 1,750 minutes on the field was the most of any Warrior this season.

Though a center back, Scott also scored a goal this season on a set piece against Arizona Christian and had an assist on the game-winning goal in the GSAC championship game against Ottawa (Ariz.).