ECLIPSE SELECT NEWS & NOTES: SPRECHER WINS MARQUETTE INVITATIONAL
Menomonee Falls, Wis. native named tournament’s top offensive player; Albert of Gurnee rejoins U.S. U-15s
CHICAGO (Sept. 6, 2017) – Eclipse Select Soccer Club alumna and Marquette freshman forward Kylie Sprecher (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) was named the Marquette Invitational’s top offensive player after helping the Golden Eagles capture the tournament crown this past weekend.
Sprecher tallied her first collegiate goal to lift the Golden Eagles to a 1-0 victory against Central Michigan on Friday. The lone tally came in the 18th minute, with fellow Eclipse alum Carrie Madden (Deer Park, Ill.) crossing toward Darian Powell, who deflected back to Sprecher. She struck from 10 yards out to garner the 1-0 lead. Then on Sunday, Sprecher added an assist to Eli Beard’s game-winner during a 2-0 victory against Mercer.
In addition to the tournament title, Marquette has now won five consecutive matches.
Valpo’s Griffin continues hot start, earns MVC honors again: Valparaiso junior Sydney Griffin (Hinsdale, Ill.) is off to a flying start to the season as she was named the Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week for already the second time this year. Griffin is up to four goals in six matches for Valpo. This past weekend she recorded a goal during a 3-2 victory against Eastern Illinois on Friday and then recorded the lone goal in a 1-0 win against Belmont on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Northwestern junior Kayla Sharples (Naperville, Ill.) scored her second goal of the season, but the Wildcats would drop a 2-1 decision to Cincinnati on Sunday in Evanston, Ill. Sharples’ header off of a set piece gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the 41st minute, but Cincinnati responded twice in the second half.
Auburn redshirt junior goalkeeper Sarah Le Beau (Crystal Lake, Ill.) had a strong effort with eight saves against Duke on Sunday, but the Blue Devils prevailed 2-0 in the Duke Nike Classic in Durham, N.C. Duke junior Kayla McCoy (Lincolnwood, Ill.) assisted the second score by Imani Dorsey in the second half.
Albert called into U.S. U-15s: Eclipse Select midfielder Korbin Albert (Gurnee, Ill.) has been called into the U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team. This is Albert’s third U-15 camp of the year.
Albert joins a group of 24 U-15 players for a Sept. 10-17 camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The camp runs concurrently with a U.S. U-14 GNT camp. The teams will scrimmage each other during the week.
This group of U-15s convenes in the first year of a two-year cycle before making the transition to the U-17 group in 2019, in preparation for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.