Oklahoma State’s Krista Lopez has been named to the 2010 Scholar All-America First Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Lopez becomes the third-different Cowgirl to earn Scholar All-America honors from the NSCAA and just the second to secure a spot on the first team. Yolanda Odenyo earned Scholar All-America distinction three times, including garnering first-team honors in 2006 and 2008, while Kasey Langdon was a second-team selection in 2008.
A junior forward, Lopez is also one of four players to earn NSCAA Scholar All-South Region status in 2010. Fellow Cowgirls Elizabeth DeLozier, Colleen Dougherty and Whitney Wernimont were each named to the NSCAA Scholar All-South Region Third Team. Those four honorees bring OSU’s all-time NSCAA All-Scholar Region total to 27.
Lopez is a double major in Management and Accounting and has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average at . She is one of just two players on the 2010 NSCAA Scholar All-America teams (university division) to hold a perfect .
Earlier this year, Lopez became the first Cowgirl in history named to the Academic All-America First Team. A two-time Academic All-Big 12 Conference First Team selection, she is also a seven-time President’s Honor Roll recipient and was named a 2010 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar (first team).
Lopez had a breakout season on the field for the Cowgirls in 2010. She helped lead to its first-ever Elite Eight appearance, a school-record 20 wins and a third consecutive Big 12 championship, along the way capturing All-Big 12 Conference First Team and Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team honors.
A native of Carrollton, Texas, Lopez led with 15 goals, a total that ranked ninth nationally in 2010 and was also the second-most goals in a single season in school history. She added five assists to give her a team-high 35 points, and she also topped the Cowgirls and the Big 12 with seven game-winning goals.