Sycamore native named MVC Defensive Player of the Week; DePaul’s Alexa Ben of Schaumburg named Senior CLASS Award finalist

CHICAGO (Sept. 27, 2017) – Eclipse Select Soccer Club alumna and Valparaiso goalkeeper Drew Moulton (Sycamore, Ill.) was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week, an honor she has achieved for the second time this season.
Moulton came up with seven saves and posted her third clean sheet during Valpo’s 1-0 victory against Missouri State to open conference play on Saturday in Springfield, Mo. She currently holds a 0.60 goals-against average and a .885 save percentage.
Fellow Eclipse Select product Sydney Griffin (Hinsdale, Ill.) assisted the dramatic 90th-minute winner by Kelsey Jahn. It was Moulton’s second assist of the year.
Ben named finalist for 2017 Senior CLASS Award: Among a group of 60 NCAA men’s and women’s soccer student-athletes, DePaul senior midfielder Alexa Ben (Schaumburg, Ill.) has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award. The award, an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, will go to an NCAA Division I senior athlete whose notable achievements reach four areas of excellence: the community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships in December.
Ben is also prominently featured on Ben’s Stature Best Measured by Size of Heart: “It does not matter if I am small or not,” Ben said. “I am going to compete as if I am the biggest kid on the field. I think having that mentality going into every game is crucial. I know I am going to be outsized, but I am going to work hard to overcome that difference during each game.”
Davison, Wildcats upend Maryland: Northwestern junior defender Hannah Davison (Geneva, Ill.) scored her first goal of the season during a 2-0 victory against Maryland on Sunday in Evanston, Ill. The 21st-minute tally – a near-post header – gave Northwestern a two-goal cushion as Davison has now scored once in each of her three seasons for the Wildcats.
Gray nets first two for Howard: It was a mixed-bag weekend for Howard, but the one impressive constant was senior forward Kela Gray (Chicago, Ill.). Gray tallied her first two goals of the season. She scored an unassisted goal during the Bison’s 2-1 victory at Arkansas Pine Bluff on Friday to open SWAC play. She followed that up with an equalizer on Sundayagainst Grambling State, only to see the host side come away with a last-minute tally to earn a 2-1 victory.
Gray is looking to follow up a strong junior campaign that included a team-high 10 goals in 19 matches in 2016.
Elsewhere, Auburn junior goalkeeper Sarah Le Beau (Crystal Lake, Ill.) now has 17 career clean sheets (four this year) following Sunday’s 3-0 win against Kentucky.