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Kate Schmidt Named UC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for September

Whether its balancing the books, keeping opponents at bay or acing exams, Kate Schmidt is focused on her goals. This standout defender on the women's soccer team sports a 3.51 GPA as an accounting major and is the UC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for September.

Date: 9/14/2012
By: Ashley Duvelius
Other Contact: Arthur Davies
Other Contact Phone: (513) 556-9181
Photos By: UC Athletics epartment
Kate Schmidt

“I was attracted to the UC for its renowned business program and its excellent athletic opportunities,” says Kate Schmidt, Carl H. Lindner College of Business accounting major and star defender on the University of Cincinnati women’s soccer team.
“Playing soccer is definitely a team effort and my personal bests always include my team. We conquered against Seton Hall and at the Denver Invitational in Colorado. However, as a UC Bearcat defender, it was rewarding to score my first career goal versus UConn,” Schmidt reflects.

As a Bearcat team member, Schmidt consistently plays at a high level. In 2011, she started all 19 matches on the season as a defender—this was the season in which she scored first career goal at UConn. Schmidt also attempted two shots on-goal at the College of Charleston and against Coastal Carolina University. She had a total of eight shot attempts, including four on-goal. In Schmidt’s 2010 season, she played in 15 games, started in nine and posted two shots on-goal during the season.

Schmidt takes a shot

“Schmidt treasures her years at UC, especially time spent with friends watching the UC Bearcat football team beat West Virginia at Paul Brown Stadium. While enjoying experiences such as this, she still met the demands of the busy scholar-athlete schedule. Through proper time management and determination, Schmidt carries an impressive 3.51 grade point average. As she enters her junior year, Schmidt eagerly anticipates the challenges of the future.

I am completing the five-year track for accounting. Many people don’t know how truly flexible my major is. I look forward to achieving my Certified Public Accountant title and embarking on a whole new journey in life,” states Schmidt.
Schmidt hails from Northview High School in Sylvania, Ohio, where she dominated the field as a four-year starter and letter-winner. She was a member of the Wildcats team that won the Northern Lakes League (NLL) and the team was a district finalist as a freshman, earning second team all-district honors. Schmidt and her team won the league and district championship, then finished as regional runner-up in her sophomore and junior years. She received honorable mention as an all-NLL sophomore, followed by second-team all-NLL honors and second team all-District honors as a junior.

Schmidt on the field

Schmidt served as team captain her senior year, leading her team to a district championship. Also during her senior year, she was named to the all-state second team. Schmidt earned first-team all-NLL and all-District honors in 2009, was a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region II pool in 2008 and 2009, and also earned a letter in basketball. In addition to her triumphs on the field, Schmidt maintained excellence in the classroom, making Honor Roll every quarter. As a result of her hard-earned accomplishments, she was awarded the senior athlete academic award.