NORMAN, Okla. -- Sophomore defender Helen Ajufo was named to ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District VI Second Team on Thursday as announced by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
Ajufo (prounounced a-JOO-fo), a native of Southlake, Texas, helped the Sooners’ defense in 2006 hold opponents to one goal or less on 11 occasions this season, including seven shutouts. She has played in all but one game this season and has made 36 starts in her first two years in Norman.
The Big 12 placed nine athletes on the two teams, consisting of 24 members, that represented District VI.
Ajufo is the fourth Sooner in program history to earn academic all-district honors and was one of seven First Team Academic All-Big 12 honorees this season. Ajufo joins current teammate Andrea Hurley (two-time winner), and former Sooners Erin Young and Christy Kenkel, also two-time members, as the only players at Oklahoma to be named to ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District VI Teams.
Oklahoma has placed an academic honoree on the all-district teams in each of the last four seasons. The Sooners’ soccer program originated in 1996.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAAchampionship sports.
Ajufo is one of eight starters that will return for the Sooners next season. OU was eliminated from the 2006 Big 12 Championship on Wednesday night, falling 2-1 to No. 9 Oklahoma State in San Antonio. The Sooners, who began 2006 with disappointing 3-8 record, end their year after posting a 5-2-1 mark over the last eight games of the regular season.