SouthtownStar Athletes on Campus: Katie Truesdale a highlight for Loras
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media October 19, 2012 7:54PM
Katie Truesdale, an Andrew graduate, plays soccer for Loras College. | Supplied photo
Updated: November 22, 2012 6:38AM
Katie Truesdale has made quite an impact in her first season as a member of the Loras College (Iowa) women’s soccer team.
Truesdale, a freshman midfielder/forward, was chosen the Women’s Soccer Player of the Week by the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the period ending Oct. 15.
In guiding the Duhawks to IIAC victories over Coe, 5-0, and Wartburg, 2-1, Truesdale, who prepped at Andrew, totaled five points on two goals and one assist.
Through 17 matches, Truesdale has helped Loras to 13 wins, including a perfect 5-0 record in the IIAC. The Evergreen Park resident has started all 17 matches for the Duhawks and was second on the team in goals (9) and points (21) and tied for third in assists with three.
Truesdale also topped Loras in game-winning goals with five. Truesdale scored the game-winning goal against Wartburg.
Getting high marks
University of Wisconsin-Platteville senior defensive lineman Corey Marks (Lincoln-Way Central) was nominated for Defensive Player of the Week in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the period ending Sept. 11.
In the Pioneers’ 52-35 victory Sept. 8 over visiting Dubuque, Marks tied for the team lead in tackles with nine. The New Lenox native also contributed 1½ tackles for loss.
To date, Marks ranked sixth on UW-Platteville’s roster with 19½ tackles and was tied for the team lead in tackles for loss with five. He also had a team-best seven quarterback hurries, in addition to 1½ sacks.
Two good to be true
Two Southland residents on Prairie State College’s women’s volleyball team received recent accolades from the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference.
Crete-Monee graduate Maya Topps was chosen the conference’s Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 23, while Bridget O’Shea (Marist) received the plaudit two weeks earlier.
Topps, a freshman outside hitter, totaled 27 kills, nine digs and four blocks in two matches during the course of the week. Topps’ best performance of the week came Sept. 18 against McHenry, when she delivered 14 kills, six digs and a pair of blocks.
O’Shea, a sophomore setter, garnered the award for the period ending Sept. 9. In 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. Her highest assist total of 38 came against National Junior College Athletic Association Region IV power Kankakee Community College in the first match of the tournament.