Maryville College junior Joshua (Ridge) Carter has been recognized for his outstanding academic and athletic skills by being named to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-American men’s soccer team by Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Carter, a midfielder from Maryville High School, finished his junior season with a 4.00 grade point average while majoring in Biochemistry at the college. On the field, the crafty midfielder/defender paced Maryville to a 13-5-1 mark, the Scots winning the Great South Athletic Conference regular season title.
In 19 games, Carter struck the net for a pair of goals while adding a game winning assist against Centre in overtime. He has played 45 career games in the orange and garnet and the Scots have posted a 41-11-5 three-year record.
Carter, a 2009 and 2010 Great South All-Academic Team selection, has helped the Scots win three consecutive regular season conference titles and three league tournament crowns. Carter was named a 2010 all-conference defender after helping Maryville post six shutouts on the season.
Carter becomes the fourth Scot to receive the national award from CoSIDA. Kevin Hedrick (football, 1999-2000), Brian Gossett (football, 2000-2001) and Hayley Smith (women’s basketball, 2003-2004) received the national acclaim following their outstanding senior campaigns.
“I am proud of Ridge and the 10 players that we nominated for this consideration,” Scots coach Pepe Fernandez said. “Our teams in both of our programs have shown that they want to excel on and off the field and their diligence and determination has developed our program into the success that it is today.”
Maryville topped the Great South All-Academic honors with 20 players earning league recognition for excellence in the classroom.