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Lenoir-Rhyne’s Louise Berg was voted the 2023 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference.
The South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is presented annually to one student-athlete in each of the Conference’s championship sports and is voted on by the SAC’s Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee. The winners are selected based on their achievements in academics, athletics, service, and leadership.
Berg, a junior political science & international affairs major, has a 3.96 grade point average and is a three-time SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Lenoir-Rhyne President’s List member. She is also a Lenoir-Rhyne Dean’s List honoree and was granted membership to Alpha Lambda Delta, a certified national honor society that recognizes academic excellence in the first year at a college or university, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. As a junior, Berg was awarded the Spanish Medallion, an award in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
On the field, Berg was named All-SAC Second Team in addition to Preseason All-SAC First Team while leading Lenoir-Rhyne to a SAC Regular Season and SAC Tournament Championship titles. She was one of seven Bears to start each match this season while spearheading a defense that has allowed only seven goals on the year, averaging .41 goals allowed per match. She assisted in 12 clean sheets this season for the Bears, which ties a program record. As a junior, she was named First Team All-Conference and started all 17 games, totaling 1415 minutes. Berg was named the 2022 SAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the Breakthrough Player of the Year while earning Second Team All-Region honors. She helped lead Lenoir-Rhyne to a SAC Regular Season Championship title and an NCAA Tournament appearance and was a part of Lenoir-Rhyne’s regional championship winning team which advanced to the Final Four for the first time in program history. Her freshman year was highlighted by helping the Bears to a national ranking and to a SAC Conference Tournament Championship.
A native of Ahus, Sweden, Berg is extremely active in the Lenoir-Rhyne community, serving as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Bears Leadership Academy. During her senior year, Berg has served as a Global International Council Member for Lenoir-Rhyne University and is completing an internship with the City of Hickory as a recipient of the career center scholarship. She is also a wellness group leader for the Lenoir-Rhyne women’s soccer team and volunteers for Project Rescue Ocean and with the Hickory Soup Kitchen.
Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete Finalists
Addie Henry, Carson-Newman
Becca Lipp, Newberry
Brianna Ditillo, Wingate
Grayson Patterson, Tusculum
Lina Powell, Anderson
Louise Berg, Lenoir-Rhyne