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Samijo Scheer Repeats as All American

December 14, 2011

Tompkins Cortland Community College's Samijo Scheer (Corning East H.S./Corning) is continuing to do things that have never been done at the College. Last year she was the first Tompkins Cortland athlete ever named an All American in two different sports, earning the honor in soccer and softball. Now, she is the first female in the College's history to ever be named All American twice in the same sport, earning NJCAA First-Team All-American honors for soccer again this year.

As a freshman last year, Scheer was named All American for soccer in the fall and softball in the spring. She started her sophomore year by leading the Panthers women's soccer team to a playoff run that ended in the NJCAA Region III semifinal round. She played every minute of every game in goal, recording a goals against average of 0.83. She posted a Panthers single-season record of eight shutouts, giving her 14 for her career, another record.

"As a freshman, Jo was called upon to make dozens of difficult saves that enabled us to win some games despite being outshot by a wide margin. Her talent was obvious because she was always in action," said Women's Soccer Coach Mick McDaniel. "In her second season, our team was much tougher defensively which limited the number of shots she had to face. To gain All-American recognition for a second consecutive year, Jo needed to be sharp for only moments at a time and she did this with great success. Jo has always responded in big moments while always being quick to share her success and give credit to her teammates."

Scheer also added her second straight all-conference and all-region honors this fall. A liberal arts and sciences: general studies major, Scheer is set to graduate in May 2012.

"I am certain that Jo will make the same positive impact at a four-year program, both on and off the fields of play," said McDaniel, who is also the College's director of athletics and recreation. "We are all so proud of her tremendous accomplishments so far here at Tompkins Cortland."