WINONA LAKE – Abby Schue, freshman goalkeeper from Grace College, was named the NCCAA Division I women’s soccer Defensive Player of the Week.
Schue was the NCCAA Tournament’s Outstanding Defensive Player as Grace College women’s soccer team advanced to its first-ever national championship game appearance last Saturday. Schue had a shutout in each of Grace’s first three games of the tournament and surrendered just one goal to eventual champion Lee University in the title bout. Schue also made one save in the penalty shoot-out of the championship.
For the season, Schue was 10-5-3 in 25 total games, allowing just 13 goals and making 84 saves. Schue had a hand in 14 shutouts in those 25 games.
Conversely, Lee University forward Kathryn Healy, was named the NCCAA Division I women’s soccer Offensive Player of the Week. Healy was named the 2014 Most Outstanding Offensive Player in the NCCAA Women’s Soccer D-I National Championship, helping Lee to a title over Grace College.
Healy scored the first goal of Lee’s journey to the title in the 2-0 win over Roberts Wesleyan and added the second goal in the 4-0 victory over Judson University in pool play. In the semi-final match against Campbellsville, Healy scored the second goal in the 26th minute of Lee’s 3-0 victory.
Bethel College also had a defensive soccer player tabbed with an honor.
Freshman defender Ian Billin was named the NCCAA’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player helping the Pilots to a 2-2 record and a spot in the NCCAA National Championship game for the first time since 2000. The Bethel College defense only surrendered 6 goals over the four games in the national tournament.