Maya Dean named Academic All-American


Bowling Green State University women’s soccer standout Maya Dean has been named to the 2022 Academic All-America Team, selected by the College Sports Communicators.

Dean, a junior, was named to the Academic All-America First Team. She is just the third student-athlete in program history to earn CSC (formerly CoSIDA) Academic All-America accolades, and just the second to be named to the first team.

The midfielder is one of just two Mid-American Conference players to be named to the team, and the only one to earn first-team honors.

Dean, a native of Traverse City, Michigan (West), had a tremendous season for the Falcons. She was named to the All-MAC First Team as well as the MAC All-Tournament Team, and also was voted to the United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region Second Team.

Dean started all 19 matches on the season, and had 16 points on five goals and six assists.

Dean, who was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week twice in 2022, scored all five of her goals in an eight-match span that included the final seven conference regular-season contests and the league tourney quarterfinal match.

She had the game winning goal vs. both Ohio and Miami, with a four-point afternoon in the win over the Bobcats. Dean had two assists both in that Ohio match and in BG’s win at Central Michigan.

Dean scored 14 points in MAC play, and added two more points on a goal in the MAC Tournament quarterfinal-round win.

Dean tied for sixth in the MAC in assists and was ranked 10th in points. In MAC games only, she tied for second in GWG (two), and was tied for third in assists (six) and deadlocked for sixth in points.

In the classroom, Dean has a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average as a biology major.

Last month, she was named to the Academic All-District First Team, in the process seeing her name placed on the CSC Academic All-America ballot.

BGSU player Ali Shingler was named to the first team in 2005, while Elisa Baeron earned third-team honors in 2018.

BGSU finished the 2022 season with an overall record of 9-5-5 and a MAC mark of 6-2-3, good for third place in the 12-team league.

The Falcons ended the season on a six-match unbeaten streak, and went 6-1-2 over the last month of the year. In those nine games, BGSU outscored the opponents, 21-4.

The Falcons, who won the MAC regular-season and tournament titles from 2018-21, are now 67-31-16 overall, 45-11-5 in MAC regular-season matches and 55-12-8 in all games vs. conference foes since the start of the 2017 season.

Since the beginning of the 2018 campaign, the Falcons are 54-24-15 overall, 39-7-4 in MAC regular-season action and 47-7-7 in all games vs. league opposition.

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