WEEK 2: Non-Conference play rolls along and Eclipse players earned awards and accumulated points

OAK BROOK, ILL. (Aug. 27, 2018) – Eclipse Select Soccer Club alumni continue to have success early in the season during the non-conference schedule. It is only two weeks into the 2018 season and Eclipse Alumni are already accumulating weekly awards. More freshmen made their first appearances and games started. Seniors continue to lead their team to important wins. Here is a rundown of week two successes from the club’s alumni.

Sharples Stacks Up The Awards
Northwestern senior defender Kayla Sharples (Naperville, Ill.) was rewarded for last weeks winning performances against Miami (OH) and Wake Forest with Big Ten Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. They also earned her Hoosier Challenge Cup All-Tournament Team. This week,  a Sharples led backline did not allow a single goal at the Boilermaker Challenge Cup against Iowa State and 25th ranked West Virginia. Her performances earned her Boilermaker Challenge Cup All-Tournament team and the Wildcats remain undefeated, 3-0-1, on the season.

Golden Eagles Dynamic Duo
Marquette redshirt senior forward Carrie Madden (Deer Park, Ill.) scored a brace in a Monday matchup with Michigan. Those were her first two goals of the season. Sophomore defender Maddie Monticello (Chicago, Ill.) assisted both of Madden’s goals in the match.

Hernandez Remains Hot
Michigan sophomore midfielder Nicki Hernandez (Naperville, Ill.) continued scoring for the Wolverines in week two by notching another two goals and an assist. She has scored in four games in four straight games. Hernandez amassed another five points on the season bringing her point total to 10, tied for seventh most in all of Division I. Nicki had a goal and assist in a 3-2 win over Marquette and a goal in a 3-1 loss to Louisville.

Impact Freshman
SIUE freshman forward Amanda DiNardo (Joliet, Ill.) scored her first career goal with the Cougars versus Indiana State on Friday. DiNardo has also cracked the starting lineup having played for the first eleven three of SIUE’s first five games. The freshman has accumulated a goal, an assist, and six shots to start her career.

First Goals of Many
Duke senior forward Kayla McCoy (Lincolnwood, Ill.) scored her first goal and game-winner of the year in the 34th minute in a 3-0 victory over Elon. Sophomore Channing Foster (Murray, Ky.) of Ole Miss took a career-high nine shots, one of which found the back of the net. The goal was her first of the season and led to a 3-0 victory over Murray State.

Freshmen Debutants
Four freshmen made their debuts for their respective collegiate program last week. Purdue freshman midfielder Ally Mussallem (Palo Heights, Ill.) came on for nine minutes against Eastern Michigan and 11 minutes versus Iowa State. Missouri freshman defender Hailey Blanchard (Frankfort, Ill.) subbed on for 11 minutes to play Iowa State and again for 35 minutes against Colorado. Golden Eagles teammates forward Alyssa Bombacino (Naperville, Ill.) and midfielder Katie Koker (Racine, Wis.) recorded her first minutes for Marquette against Wisconsin and Michigan. Koker appeared for her first start versus Michigan.