Monmouth University women’s soccer defender Jess Johnson was one of 30 NCAA women’s soccer student-athletes named as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Johnson, one of two representatives from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, has been a standout for the Hawks throughout her career. She has been an integral part of three straight MAAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships and NCAA Tournament berths. During her career, Monmouth owns a 48-15-7 overall record, including a 28-2-1 conference mark, with 38 shutouts. Individually, Johnson was the 2018 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, a 2018 first team All-MAAC selection and a 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region Second Team honoree.

A two-time team captain as a junior and senior, Johnson continuously demonstrates outstanding character traits. Johnson currently holds the position of President for Monmouth’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was a member of the MSAAC Executive Board as Director of Off-Campus Activities for 2018-19.

“Jess is in a class by herself,” head coach Krissy Turner said. “The commitment she has made to academics and soccer epitomizes the definition of student-athlete. However, Jess’ legacy does not end here. Her endless passion for being a leader within the Monmouth community is demonstrated by her role with MSAAC and developing the FLIGHT Academy. Also, Jess embraces any moment she can to assist the local community outside of the campus.”

Johnson has participated in a number of community service initiatives throughout her career. She has volunteered at events, including Relay for Life, Team IMPACT, Monmouth County SPCA, Valentines for Veterans, National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Long Branch Senior Center, Ronald McDonald House, Simon’s Soup Kitchen, Halloween Trunk or Treat and TOPS Soccer.

A two-time MAAC All-Academic Team selection following her sophomore and junior seasons, Johnson owns a 3.89 cumulative grade-point average as a social work major. Johnson has also been named to the Monmouth’s Dean’s List in five semesters for being at a 3.30 or higher term GPA and in the top 20% of her class. In addition, she has been a part of a Monmouth program that has earned the NSCAA College Team Academic Award in each of her three seasons.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The 30 candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the NCAA men’s and women’s College Cup championships in December.