SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: Soccer honor for St. Francis’ Amanda Coleman
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media September 14, 2012 9:36PM
Amanda Coleman, University of St. Francis soccer. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 17, 2012 6:27AM
University of St. Francis goalkeeper Amanda Coleman was selected the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week in women’s soccer for the period ending Sept. 4.
Coleman, a Lockport graduate, made her first two starts of the season. She recorded 12 saves and posted a 1.00 goals-against-average as the Saints split two road matches.
In a 1-0 loss Aug. 31 to Northwestern College (Iowa), the junior stopped seven shots. The next day she had five saves in a 4-1 victory over Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.
This was the first CCAC Player of the Week award of Coleman’s career.
Prairie State College sophomore setter Bridget O’Shea was named the Player of the Week in women’s volleyball by the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference for the period ending Sept. 9.
In a week that featured three matches at the South Suburban College Tournament, as well as a conference match against Morton College in which the Pioneers earned their first win of the season, O’Shea totaled 132 assists with a best of 38 coming against Kankakee Community College in the first match of the SSC Tournament.
O’Shea, a Midlothian resident who prepped at Marist, also added 17 kills.
St. Xavier University senior Ashley Shares (Stagg) used a second-place individual finish and a personal-best time Sept. 7 at the Olivet Nazarene University Midwest Classic to earn the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week honor for the period ending Sept. 9.
Shares, a Palos Hills native, led the Cougars to a third-place team finish out of 11 schools competing at the meet and logged a 5K (5,000 meters) time of 18 minutes, 41.78 seconds, the best of her career for the distance, at the Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais.
St. Xavier finished behind only host and No. 3-ranked Olivet Nazarene, as well as Taylor University (Ind.), which was among other schools receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason Top 25 Poll. The Cougars did finish one place ahead of No. 19-ranked Trinity Christian College.