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William Smith Soccer: Julia Berg named Scholar All-American

William Smith College senior Julia Berg was named to the 2022 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America first team on Thursday. She is a media and society and environmental studies major.
Berg is the 10th first-team Scholar All-American in program history. Since Cheryl Wallace became the Heron’s first Scholar All-American in 1999, William Smith has had 17 student-athletes honored.
A two-way midfielder, Berg started all 21 games she played this season, finishing with a career-high five goals and 10 points. Three of her goals were game-winning tallies, including in the Herons’ home opener against then No. 15 Carnegie Mellon. Berg was named an All-American by the United Soccer Coaches.
The two-time Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year, Berg led William Smith’s defensive unit that finished the year fourth in the nation in shutout percentage (.727) and 18th in goals against average (0.490). The Herons posted 16 shutouts on the year, tied for fifth most in Division III. The defense put together eight consecutive shutouts from Oct. 14 to Nov. 13 and went 851 minutes during that stretch without surrendering a goal.
A three-year starter, Berg played in 67 career games. She had 23 points on 10 goals and three assists. Berg was named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District team this fall and was a three-time Liberty League All-Academic pick.
To be named to the Scholar All-America teams, a student-athlete must be a junior or above in athletic standing, have a minimum 3.40 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), play a minimum of 75 percent of games during the season, and be an elite player as supported by playing honors (i.e., All-American, All-Region, all-conference.
The Herons concluded the season with a 14-2-6 overall record. William Smith went 6-0-3 in the Liberty League, earning their 15th-consecutive regular season title. The Herons earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, their 32nd appearance, advancing to the national quarterfinals. William Smith was ranked seventh in the final United Soccer Coaches poll.