Mon, Nov. 20, 2006 - [Women's Soccer]
CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University junior forward Lissa Coby (Lake Villa, Ill./Grant Community), junior defender Cassie Rumpf (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central), and freshman goalkeeper Danielle Wagner (Worth, Ill./University of Illinois) were all named to the 2006 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) NAIA All-Region VII First Team in their respective positions when the honors were released by the region office Monday. Senior defender Kate Bingham (Lincoln, Neb./Pius X Catholic) earned second team recognition on the all-region squad. In addition, Coby was named the 2006 NAIA Region VII Player of the Year, while SXU head coach Derek Begich was billed the 2006 NAIA Region VII Women's Soccer Coach of the Year.
Coby finished the season with team-highs of 18 goals, 18 assists and 54 points. She was twice named both CCAC Women's Soccer Player of the Week and NAIA Region VII Women's Soccer Player of the Week this season as well as NAIA National Women's Soccer Player of the Week on October 25. It is the third time in Coby's career she has earned first team all-region honors, but the first time she has earned the player of the year award. Rumpf helped lead a tough Cougar defense that gave up just 14 goals over 23 games this season. She also finished the fall with two assists. It is the second time in Rumpf's career that she has earned first team all-region honors.
Wagner had an stellar debut season with the Cougars started 20 of the team's 23 games in goal and posted 104 saves and school-record tying 10 shutouts. She also had a 0.60 goals-against average. Bingham finished the regular season with two goals and two assists over 22 games in addition to helping lead SXU's tough defense as an outside back. It was the first time in the senior co-captain's career that she earned all-region honors. Saint Xavier earned its first-ever trip to the NAIA National Tournament this season and finished with a school record 19-4 overall record. The Cougars ended their season last Friday in the second round of the national tournament with a 2-0 loss to No. 7 ranked Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.).