CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University freshman goalkeeper Danielle Wagner (Worth, Ill./University of Illinois), junior forward Lissa Coby (Lake Villa, Ill./Grant Community), and junior defender Cassie Rumpf (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) all found spots on the 2006 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas Women's Soccer NAIA All-American Teams when the honors were recently released by the NSCAA/Adidas All-America Committee. Wagner became the first player in the 10-year history of the program to earn first team recognition on the All-American Team, while Coby and Rumpf were named to the second and third teams, respectively.
"Words can not express how big of an impact Danielle was for our program this season," said Saint Xavier women's soccer coach Derek Begich. "Being named First Team NAIA All-American not only says a lot about her play, but the play of our whole team this year. She is one of the hardest working players I have ever coached. I am so happy for her."
Wagner had a stellar debut season with the Cougars starting 20 of the team's 23 games in goal and posting 104 saves and school-record tying 10 shutouts. She also had a 0.60 goals-against average, the lowest average ever by a SXU women's soccer goalkeeper. Coby finished the season with team-highs of 18 goals, 18 assists and 54 points. She was an honorable mention selection on the 2004 and 2005 NAIA All-American Teams. 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. Rumpf was named to the NAIA All-American Honorable Mention Team in 2005.
"Lissa showed again why I have felt she is one of the best forwards in the country," said Begich. "After recovering from a knee injury last fall, she put up some great numbers and was one of the big reasons for our team's success. In our Region VII semifinals win against rival Trinity International University, she broke the school's all-time career goals record scoring goal No. 56."
"I was so excited to hear that Cassie was named a Third Team NAIA All-American," continued Begich. "She is one of the best and most consistent defenders in the country. She was a big part of our team's defensive success this year. Cassie has worked so hard to get to this level and I know she will continue to get better everyday. " 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 on November 17 in the second round of the national tourney with a 2-0 loss to No. 7 ranked Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.). Last season, SXU had its first player named to one of the three All-American Teams when senior midfielder Jen Belmonte earned second team recognition. Prior to Belmonte, the program had only garnered honorable mention recipients.Click here to see the 2006 NAIA Women's Soccer All-American Teams in their entirety.