USM Soccer Players Earn All-Conference Nods

11/5/2012 12:00:00 AM

Conference Honors Eight USM Student-Athletes



(Leavenworth, Kan.)—Eight University of Saint Mary student-athletes from the Spires Soccer Teams—three from the men’s team and five from the women’s team—have been named to all-conference teams by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) for their play during the recently-concluded regular season.

The honorees from the Women’s Team include Jennifer Nye, a sophomore forward from Lansing, Kan., who was named First Team All-KCAC. Earning All-Conference Honorable Mention were defenders Alexis Williams, a junior from Scotts Valley, Calif., Jessyca Eagle, a junior from Yuma, Ariz., and Stephanie Chapman, a senior from Gerald, Mo., and midfielder Claire Beebe, a senior from Wichita, Kan.

From the Saint Mary Men’s Soccer Team, forward Jake McCurry, a freshman from Lansing, Kan., was named to the KCAC All-Conference 2nd Team.  Mid-fielder Christian Smith, a senior from Kansas City, Kan., and goalkeeper Jeremy Herrman, a senior from Raytown, Mo., were named All-KCAC Honorable Mention.

USM Head Men’s Soccer Coach Derek Mazeitis praised his players.

“Jake has been a solid performer all year for us,” Coach Mazeitis said. “He has a very bright future with our program. Jeremy is a very good goalkeeper and I am glad he received recognition for his efforts.  He will be tough to replace. Christian scored some big goals for us this year and we will miss in the future.”

USM Head Women’s Soccer Coach Justin Seever had this to say about his honorees:

“I’m very proud of all the girl’s on the team this year, and am excited to see us getting a bit of recognition in the conference. Jen Nye came on very strong this season, especially picking her play up as conference action began.  She tied for the conference lead in goals with 13 and finished with 28 points, 1 off from the lead in conference.  I feel we are just starting to see the true potential for her as goal scorer for us.

Claire Beebe has been a strong performer for us, leading by example on the field. Stephanie Chapman and Jessyca Eagle played the most minutes out of everyone on our team this season.  Alexis Williams battled injuries all season but was still a top contributor.”

Saint Mary has 12 varsity sports programs—football, volleyball, baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, cross country, and track & field—along with co-ed cheerleading and dance. Visit www.gospires.com to learn more about USM athletics.