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SCC To Honor Athletics Hall of Fame Recipients

The Solano Community College (SCC) Athletics Department will induct eight outstanding persons into the 19th Solano College Athletics Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 3rd at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Course in Vallejo starting at 7 pm. Due to the popularity of the ceremony, the event is currently sold out. The Master of Ceremonies will be Professor Greg Poff, Communication Studies faculty. SCC Athletic Director Erik Visser stated, “We are very excited to induct this very talented group of individuals who have represented Solano College in an exemplary way. They represent the strong tradition of Falcons – academic and athletic excellence.”

The Class of 2015 inductees are as follows:

Alison Aubert – Athletic Trainer
Alison has been the head certified athletic trainer at Solano Community College since 1993, and has been a college athletic trainer since 1987. Alison has also worked for USA track and field since 1984. She was an athletic trainer for track and field in the Los Angeles (1984) and Atlanta (1996) Summer Olympic Games, and worked with many notable US and International athletes. Alison has be awarded many honors, included the 2002 California Athletic Trainer of the Year, 2008 Solano College Adjunct Faculty of the Year, and 2009 National Athletic Trainer of the Year. Alison is presently the President of the California Community College Athletic Trainers Association and serves on the CCCAA Management Council.

Nadia Cameron Hollomon – Softball
Nadia’s college softball career began at Solano College, which helped her achieve a full-scholarship to the University of Tennessee. While at Solano, Nadia was named 1st team All-Conference (1997 & 1998); Golden Glove Award (1997 & 1998); All American (1998); All Northern California (1998), and the MVP of the Bay Valley Conference (1998). Nadia also received recognition off the field while at Solano College, making the Academic Dean’s list in 1997 & 1998. Nadia began her Tennessee (Lady Vols) softball career in 1998, where she was named All-Tournament team on five separate occasions, was selected for the Academic All-American team, and helped lead Tennessee softball to their first ever SEC Championship. While at Tennessee, Nadia obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice.

Christina Horner – Volleyball
Christina has had the pleasure of playing for coach Darla Williams in the 2005 and 2008 seasons. During these two seasons, Coach Williams has helped Christina obtain All-League in 2005 and MVP in 2008. Christina was also added to the All-Northern California Team in 2008 which is a great honor, as it is made up of the top twelve women for that year. With Coach Williams’ support she has helped Christina obtain two degrees from Solano: one in Psychology and the other in Social Science. After graduating from Solano Christina transferred to California State University, Sacramento and graduated with her B.A. in Psychology with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Tom Hassey – Track
Tom ran track all four years while attending Fairfield High School, and became the first Fairfield High track athlete to go to State. Tome broke all of the meet records in the triple jump. While a student at Solano College, Tom began lifting weights. In a two year period of time, he went from bench pressing 160lbs to 490lbs. This feat, along with his strength, speed and technique enabled him to jump 52’2” – the 3rd best triple jump mark in junior college history. He also long jumped 24’2”, which was 4” off the school record. After Solano College, Tom became involved in professional arm wrestling. He won the Solano County, Northern California and the State Championships. Tom then won the World Arm Wrestling Championships 3 times and also took Second Place, left-handed at Petaluma.

Arica Henry – Softball
Arica Henry was the starting pitcher the year of 1995/1996. She led her team to a 36-11 record, in which they took second in the Bay Valley Conference (BVC), were Regional Champions and finished fourth in the State Championships. She received 2 All-Tournament selections, an All-State Tournament Honor, and 3 out of 4 win over the State Champion Sacramento College. She additionally received the most Inspirational Coaches’ Award in 1996. Arica maintained a cumulative 3.3 GPA while at SCC. She completed her Liberal Arts A.A. in 1997, also receiving the coaches’ award, and an NCAA Full Athletic Scholarship to Northeast Louisiana University (NLU) in 1997. She received a BS is Psychology and a PPS credential, and is currently employed as a school psychologist with the Fairfield Suisun Unified School District.

Rex Pettigrew – Football Coach
Rex was a star athlete and student at Hogan High School in Vallejo playing football and baseball. After high school, he attended Solano College playing baseball and earning his AS degree in Science in 1977. He then went on to San Jose State, graduating in 1981 with his BS degree and teaching credential in Kinesiology and minoring in Biology. For the past 35 years, Rex has taught physical education and biology at the high school level in the Vallejo City Unified School District. From 1988 to 1998, Rex returned to Solano College and joined Coach Ron Beverly as the Offensive Line Coach for the Football team. During this time, he assisted the team to 5 division championships and 5 bowl appearances. Under their direction, they had two of their players go pro; numerous players went on to play D-1 and many became teachers and coaches. Rex has been very involved in his community, serving as a Coach for Babe Ruth and Little league teams, training and teaching CPR for the Red Cross, volunteering for the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and the Senior Games.

Holly Smith – Softball
After graduating Armijo High School in 1995, Holly continued her career at Solano Community College. Even though she only played one year at SCC, it was one of the most memorable years she ever had playing softball. Holly transferred to Arizona State University on a full scholarship and was the starting shortstop for three years. While at Arizona State she had the opportunity to play in the College World Series in 1999. She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor in Science in Justice Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, and a Minor in Psychology. After graduating, she continued to be involved in softball by becoming the Assistant Coach for the University of Oregon’s Softball Team. Upon deciding to return back home to California, Holly moved to Santa Cruz where she continued to give back to her community and help young girls develop their softball skills and a love for the game. Holly is currently working as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at a Level One Trauma Center.

Ebonielove Williams – Women’s Basketball
After breaking records at Vallejo Senior High, Ebonielove Williams was recruited into the great basketball program of Solano Community College. In her first year, Ebonielove received the award for Most Improved Player, and was key in the success of Solano Women’s Basketball team’s championship finish even though the team took a loss in the Elite 8. Ebonielove was a star leader starting for the Solano Falcons and averaged double-doubles in both points and rebounds. She took pride in defending great opponents and always played with a sense of passion and respect. She is the 4th all-time leading rebounder for a single season with 381 rebounds, and was All-Bay Valley Conference in 1999 and 2000. Ebonielove is the 9th all-time leading scorer for a career with 819 points. During her years at Solano, Ebonielove was a star student, earning awards that reflected GPAs of 3.0.

For more information, contact Erik Visser, SCC Athletic Director, at (707) 864-7126 or

SCC Softball and Baseball Conference Tournaments Set to Begin

The Solano Community College (SCC) Women’s Softball had a stellar season, with a final conference record of 20-0, clinching their 10th consecutive Bay Valley Conference Championship. Several team members have received recognition from the Bay Valley Conference. Andrinae White received Player of the Year, All-State Team, and National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Team honors. Alesia Selden received Pitcher of the Year recognition, and also received All-State Team recognition. Additional students who were recognized for outstanding team play include:

• Aleyna Benipayo, 1st Team Bay Conference and All-State Team
• Stephanie Cello, 1st Team Bay Conference and All-Northern California Team
• Brittany Jacobsen, 1st Team Bay Conference
• Denali Smith, 1st Team Bay Conference
• Jade Bactad, 2nd Team Bay Conference

The Falcon Softball Team is seeded #7 in the North region. The Falcons will host a best of 3 series for the post-season regional round 1 tournament when they will play #10 West Valley College at home on Saturday, May 2nd at 2 pm and Sunday, May 3rd at 12 pm.

The Solano College Baseball Team has completed their 2015 regular season schedule as well. The Falcons won their 6th Bay Valley Conference Title, in the past 9 years. The team finished 6th in the Power Rankings, and were awarded the 7th seed in the California Community College Playoffs, and the right to host. The Falcons have had some student-athletes already committed to four-year institutions. Infielder Alvaro Rubalcaba signed a letter of intent for CSU Northridge. Rubalcaba, a Vanden High School alum, is considered by some to be the best defender in the state. Outfielder Dareion Evans has signed with Texas Southern University. The 3-time President’s Award winner prepped at Rodriquez High and will be a great addition to the Tigers program. Jacob Pavlosky, (Albany High) has committed to University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The outfielder will try to be a key contributor for the Golden Lions.

The Falcons Baseball team will play host this weekend to #10 Ohlone College. The Renegades were co-champions of the Coast Pacific Conference and boasted a record of 26-10. It should be a great series between the two teams. Nathan Jenest (5-2), will get the start for the Falcons. Jeremy Jacobs (4-1) will get the ball for the Renegades. The first pitch is 2pm on Friday.

Tickets to these games are $7 for students with ID, faculty, children under age 12 and seniors. General admission is $10.

For tournament information, contact Claire Gover at or (707) 864-7119

Undefeated Softball Team Wins their 10th Consecutive Bay Valley Conference Championship!

The Solano Falcons Softball Team have clinched their 10th consecutive Bay Valley Conference (BVC) championship. The team finished the season 20-0 in the BVC, and this is the second time that Coach Terri Pearson-Bloom has coached the team to an undefeated conference season. The Falcons overall record is 33-7 and they are currently ranked #6 in Northern California.

SCC Softball Coach Terri Pearson-Bloom Approaching Milestone Win

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In the year 2000 the Solano College softball team finished 19-21 and did not make the playoffs. Faced with the difficult task of finding a new coach for the 2001 season, former Solano College Athletic Director Bob Myers turned to Southern California, hiring Terri Pearson-Bloom.

In 20 years at the helm, it may have been Myers’ greatest decision at Solano.

Fast forward 15 years and nearly 400 wins, and Pearson-Bloom has not only has turned the softball program around, she has produced a team that year after year dominates the standings like Coca-Cola dominates the soda industry.

“Yeah, that was definitely one of the best hires I ever had as the athletic director,” Myers says. “Her resume was pretty good and I liked her background for two main reasons. One, she was a former Division I player. And two, her love for the sport and love for teaching came out in the interview process. She kind of rose to the top after that.”

While Pearson-Bloom says she doesn’t tabulate her wins from year to year, she is happy to be approaching the 400-win milestone. She is currently at 399 after the Falcons’ 8-0 win on Friday over College of the Sequoias. Solano’s next game is Tuesday at home against Delta.

“This just means I’ve been here a long time,” Pearson-Bloom said, with a laugh. “The milestones have been coming quicker lately though. The program has done well, but it’s all due to the athletes. I get the cumulative number, but 400 wins is not something you get all by yourself.”

Falling in Love with Sports

Pearson-Bloom, whose sister Patti Pearson and her brother Tim Pearson both played sports constantly, naturally became involved in athletics early as a kid. Her uncle is Tim Foli, a former San Francisco Giant and an infielder on the 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pearson-Bloom played softball, basketball, volleyball and track in high school at Fallbrook High of San Diego County, but chose college softball at Cal State Northridge.

“I choose softball because I got a scholarship out of it,” Pearson-Bloom remembers, laughing. “Actually, I just loved being outside and enjoying the sunshine. I also think that it’s good for something to keep you busy and be responsible academically. It’s a positive self-esteem tool.”

At Northridge, Pearson-Bloom played left field and batted leadoff for three teams that went to the College World Series. In 1994, Northridge lost in the championship game to Arizona.

“I don’t really relive that time too much, but I reference it as a coach,” Pearson-Bloom said. “I use it to recruit players. You have to understand, we were the No. 1 team in the nation for a little while. I’m so old that it was the first years that ESPN covered the game live for the first time.”

Although she didn’t know it at the time, Pearson-Bloom got some of her best coaching advice from Northridge’s then head coach Gary Torgeson, who won more than 600 games in 13 years as a head coach at the school.

“He was an incredible mentor,” Pearson-Bloom said. “He taught and emphasized self discipline and he was constantly teaching us life skills. He was always saying, ‘Someday, when you have a job you can’t be late, so you can’t be late for practice!’ He helped me install a good work ethic and get my academic priorities straight.”

Coaching Career Begins

In 1995 Pearson-Bloom began coaching at St. Mary’s College in Moraga as an assistant. She coached there a year, but in 1997 her life changed when she was offered an assistant coaching job with the University of Tennessee.

“I was working on going the route of being an athletic director and being in marketing and promoting when Jim Beitia (Tennessee’s then head coach) called to offer me an assistant coaching job,” Pearson-Bloom said. “It was definitely a fork in the road for me because after that I went into the path of coaching. I liked coaching right away because I’m a highly competitive person and I love a challenge. I love working with young, raw athletes that have the drive, but need the guidance.”

After being at Tennessee for two and half years, Pearson-Bloom took over head coaching duties with the Virginia Roadsters of the Women’s Professional Softball League. The Roadsters finished in second place in the 1999-2000 season and she was selected to coach in the All-Star Game.

“At the time the league was amazing,” Pearson-Bloom said. “We were on ESPN2 a lot and we had incredible budgets. It was kind of like running a minor league Triple-A team.”

Unfortunately for Pearson-Bloom, the league didn’t last and she was once again looking for a job. While she was an assistant at Tennessee, the Volunteers had recruited a player, Nadia Cameron, who was from Solano. Little did Pearson-Bloom know at the time, but it was that college that she would eventually make her biggest impact.

Taking Over the Falcons

When it came time for a job search Pearson-Bloom looked for guidance from her former mentor, Torgeson.

Torgeson was then working as the athletic director for Sacramento City College. She didn’t get the job there but Torgeson helped guide her toward Solano.

“Regionally, it was in the same area as Sacramento State and I had learned about Solano from Nadia Cameron,” Pearson-Bloom said. “I wanted to settle down, get married and have kids and Solano seemed like the right place. The good thing about junior college is that you are recruiting mostly regional players, so that is easier on a family because you’re not traveling around as much.”

Pearson-Bloom took over, making an immediate impact in her first season. Led by players such as Erika Youngblood from Vanden High and Dani McGowan and Jessica Young from Hogan High, the team played well enough to earn Pearson-Bloom’s first league championship at Solano.

It would not be her last.

The Falcons missed out on winning the league title by one game in 2005, but has since owned first place — stringing together nine consecutive Bay Valley Conference titles. Vallejo High school graduate Sherry Clark was on the 2006 team that started the run.

“The first couple days of practice with her was intense, but in a good way,” Clark said. “She is a coach that challenges you and pushes you to the extreme. She played the game herself, so at least to me that brings more respect. She is very strong-willed and has a drive to always be better.”

Vallejo High graduate and current Solano assistant coach Penelope Crouse-Feehan was on the Falcons as a player in 2009 and said her view on Pearson-Bloom was much different then.

“As a player I didn’t realize why she was so in the moment all the time,” Crouse-Feehan remembers. “I was always asking myself, ‘Why is she always riding me?’ Now, as a coach, I realize that you have to do it that way to create self-discipline. She is energetic and she has a lot of structure. She helps the team mature off the field as well as on the field and she helped guide us toward a future.”

The 2006 title began Solano’s softball dynasty. Last season the Falcons were a perfect 20-0 in league play and they even had a 32-game winning streak before finishing with a 36-2 record. The wins have been great for Pearson-Bloom, but she insists that although getting her 400 win will be nice, it’s not the job’s biggest perk.

“The junior college level is a huge time in a young adult’s life,” the Falcons head coach said. “As a coach here, we change lives for kids. At the Division I level, it’s a little more about wins and losses, but here, at this level, it’s about stuff that happens off the field just as much as on the field. We’re applying life skills to these athletes so they can go away and go to college someplace else. I still get a kick when kids text me during the day that they got an A in their anatomy class. When kids sign on to go to another school I feel so grateful and it makes everything else worth it.”

Pearson-Bloom said one of her favorite days of the year is the annual softball alumni game. She says that a lot of players come up to her and share stories with her about how the days at Solano helped change their lives. As Pearson-Bloom approaches the milestone, many of those players are thrilled for her to get to No. 400.

“This is a huge deal,” Clark said. “It’s a great reflection of all the work she puts in. She’s kind of created a legacy there. It’s kind of known that when you go out on the field there that winning is to be expected.”

Myers went on to give credit to Pearson-Bloom’s entire family.

“She’s gotten a lot of support from her husband Andy and the kids, especially since she’s gone a lot on weekends,” Myers said. “This is a big thing for her, but also for them. Back in 2000 I couldn’t predict that she would have 400 wins, but she had the personality and the drive for it. She’s still pretty young, so I’m hoping she can get a lot more wins there.”

Although Pearson-Bloom’s job is to win games and send players off to other places in the world, she said she’s fine staying at the Fairfield campus.

“You know, I’ve never applied to another job since I got this one,” Pearson-Bloom said. “I’ve gotten calls over the years from Division I schools, but I don’t have the desire to leave. I love this college, I love the program and I love the region. I believe in this team’s mission and I choose to be here.”

SCC Scores an Olympian,World Cup Player to Soccer Coaching Staff

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FAIRFIELD, CA, MAY 13, 2014: Solano Community College (SCC) Women’s Soccer Program warmly welcomes Sisleide Lima do Amor, better known as “Sissi,” a Sissi Soccer Coachs the new Assistant Coach. Sissi-World Cup and Olympic Athlete- comes to SCC with a wealth of experience and knowledge. She has over 30 years of coaching and playing experience in Club, Collegiate, Professional, and International Soccer & Futsal competition at the highest level.

Sissi was born in Esplanada, Brazil, and began playing soccer at the age of 7. At the age of 14 she left home to play professional Soccer in Salvador, Brazil, and at the ripe age of 16, she played for the first time with the Brazilian National Team. “We have the female Pele (Sissi do Amor) coming to help Solano’s women’s soccer program,” commented Jeff Cardinal, SCC Women’s Soccer Coach.

Some of Ms. Lima do Amor’s professional career highlights include:

  • 1989 – 2000: Member of the Brazilian Women’s National Soccer Team
  • 1991: Women’s World Cup – China; 1995: Women’s World Cup – Sweden
  • 1996: 100th Olympic Games – Georgia; 2000: 101st Olympic Games – Australia
  • 1997: Best Female Futsal Player
  • 1999: Women’s World Cup – USA
  • 1999: FIFA Golden Boot Award; FIFA Voted 2nd Best Player in the World
  • 1999: Voted best female player in South America
  • 2001- 2004: San Jose Cyber Rays – USA
  • 2001 – 2003: All WUSA First Team
  • 2005: WPSL League MVP
  • 2006-Present: FIFA Women’s Ambassador
  • 2008- 2009: FC Gold Pride
  • 2012: Chosen for the Women’s Demonstrating Leadership Award by Contra Costa Commission for Women.
  • Ranked in top 5 female soccer players of the century, IFFHS

Ms. Lima do Amor shared, “I am thrilled to join Solano’s Women’s Soccer Program! They have a great team and coaching staff; I look forward to sharing my knowledge and helping advance the players skills.”

For more information about SCC’s Women’s Soccer Program, please contact Jeff Cardinal at or 707.863.7832; visit

SCC Baseball advances to 2nd Super Regional in the last 3 years

The Solano Community College Men’s Baseball Team has advanced to the California Community College Super Regionals. Support your team at the Santa Rosa Super Regional, May 10-12!

Falcon Swim Camp 2013

Interested in learning how to swim or improve your skills? Take advantage of the low cost sessions being offered at SCC’s olympic size pool!

We are offering swimming lessons for all levels and ages as well as adult noon time lap swimming.

Complete the Registration Form, or contact Scott Parish for more information at or (707) 863-7848

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2012 Solano College Women’s Soccer Banquet

The 2012 Solano College Women’s Soccer Banquet was held Friday April 26 at Stars Recreation Banquet Facility in Vacaville. The Women’s Soccer team celebrated another successful season. Solano finished with a 11-7-3 overall record and a 9-1-2 Bay Valley Conference record making the playoffs for the 11th consecutive year. Solano College Women’s Soccer has now been in playoffs all 11 years of having a soccer program.

Trustee Sarah Chapman and Coach Cardinal

Solano finished the 2012 season in 2nd place, having won the Bay Valley Conference Title the previous 5 years in a row from 2007-2011. During that streak, Solano did not lose a game in 56 straight conference matches.

The Women’s Soccer Team would like to thank the following individuals for their support of the Women’s Soccer team and for attending the awards banquet: President Jowel Laguerre, Board Member Sarah Chapman, Vice President Diane White, Dean/Athletic Director Lily Espinoza, Sam McKinney, Betty Austin, Jesse Branch and Assistant Baseball Coach Bobby Campo. Each guest was recognized and given an award for their support. Solano College’s two assistant soccer coaches, Joe Koller and Jesus Mata were also recognized.

Academic Award Winners with Dean Espinoza

The women’s soccer team was recognized for another great season as each individual player was recognized and awarded. The following team awards were given: MVP Janelle Richards, MVP Offense Sydney Sjoberg, MVP Defense Tara Cooley, Most Improved Karlie Mast, Most Inspirational Bryce Branagan-Franco, Team Captains Krysta Caughman and Janelle Richards, Coaches Award Megan O’Dwyer, Goal of the Year Megan O’Dwyer, Defensive Play of the Year Katie Wright, Academic Award 4.0 GPA Sydney Sjoberg.

Janelle Richards was named midfielder of the year in the Bay Valley Conference. All Conference 1st Team selections were Janelle Richards, Tara Cooley, Karlie Mast and Krysta Caughman. All conference 2nd team selections were Megan O’Dwyer and Bryce Branagan-Franco. Megan O’Dwyer and Janelle Richards were awarded a Bay Valley Conference Academic award for having above a 3.0 GPA during their 2 years.

Janelle Richards was a First Team All State Selection. Janelle Richards and Tara Cooley were First Team All Northern California selections.

Megan O’Dwyer became the first Scholar Academic All-American for Solano in 2012. She attended the NSCAA All-American Banquet in Indianapolis to receive her award. The Women’s Soccer team would like to thank Solano College for their financial support for helping Megan attend this event.

The 2012 Solano Women’s Soccer team along with their trip to Southern California and two pre-season soccer games had the opportunity and experience to see the 2012 Women’s National Team train and play a match in Los Angeles. The US Women’s National Team had just come off winning the Gold Medal in the 2012 Olympics and played Australia in a victory tour.

In 2012, seven players signed on scholarship to continue playing at the 4 year level. This was the most in one season.

2012 Soccer Team

Solano College Basketball Dynamic Player Development Clinic

SCC Basketball is offering the Dynamic Player Development (DPD) Basketball Clinic for boys and girls grades K -11 starting April 7th.
Clinic Overview:

  • Intense development of the basics for offensive play
  • Learn to be the best from the Solano College basketball coaches, John Nagle, Matt Borchert and current staff and players
  • Strong emphasis on ball control, passing, getting shots, shooting, attacking defenses , decision making and footwork

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Solano College Dynamic Player Development Clinic

Solano soccer star O’Dwyer earns Scholar All-America recognition

Excerpt from Daily Republic, February 4, 2013 by Mike Corpos

ROCKVILLE — When Megan O’Dwyer first learned she was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Junior College Scholar All-America team, she didn’t fully grasp the magnitude of the award.

Megan O’Dwyer with certificate

By the time the Solano Community College forward/midfielder returned from the NSCAA convention in Indianapolis last weekend, she understood fully what the award meant.

“I didn’t really know what it was,” O’Dwyer said. “One day at practice coach had me sign a release so he could nominate me. Then the first week of (winter) break he told me I was selected to be on the Scholar All-America team.”

According to the NSCAA’s website, an athlete must carry at least a 3.30 grade-point average throughout his or her career, start more than 50 percent of the team’s games and be a significant contributor on the field.

O’Dwyer certainly fit the bill.

“We’re not only talking about the highest level performance in the classroom, but a good player as well,” Falcons coach Jeff Cardinal said. “I know that was the criteria for that award. You could have a 4.0 student but if she didn’t contribute significantly on field, she can’t get that award.”

Cardinal also praised O’Dwyer’s work ethic, noting she hasn’t missed a day of practice or school in two years at Solano.

O’Dwyer was the Falcons’ leading scorer as a freshman in 2011, with 11 goals and 24 points. In 2012, she put up nine goals and 19 points and was a second team All-Bay Valley Conference selection.

“So she scored a good amount of goals in two seasons for Solano,” Cardinal said. “It was a good two seasons for her not only on the field but academically as well.”

Megan O’Dwyer and Julie Foudy

O’Dwyer said she currently has a grade-point average of 3.89.

She also said it’s been a whole lot of work to keep up both her grades and her skills on the field.

“It’s crazy. It’s a lot of hard work,” O’Dwyer said. “You make a lot of sacrifices, but I think they outweigh everything. I don’t want to just rely on soccer. . . . More options and more opportunities.”

That said, O’Dwyer said she’ll take a soccer scholarship if she can land one, but she’s also applied to a number of University of California campuses as well.

“She’s basically going through the process right with certain four-year schools to continue playing soccer,” Cardinal said.

As for the Indianapolis trip, O’Dwyer said it was awesome.

“It was one of one of the best experiences of my life,” she said. “It was almost overwhelming with so many coaches and awesome players there.”

She even got to share a moment with U.S. National team great and current soccer broadcaster Julie Foudy.

“I couldn’t believe I was among the best in the country and I got to meet Julie Foudy,” O’Dwyer said. “It was such a cool experience.”

O’Dwyer is just the latest Falcon to earn recognition from the NSCAA.

Solano has three previous All-America selections in Andrea Salvador (2005), Katie Knopp (2008) and Britney Cooper (2009).

Megan O’Dwyer INDY 2013

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