Women's Soccer - Tue, Jan. 8, 2008
CHICAGO - Jessica Belmonte, a sophomore transfer from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla., has recently signed a letter of intent to continue both her athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar women's soccer program. Belmonte, a native of Darien, Ill., spent one season as a defender with the Eagles under head coach Jim Blackenship. Her older sister, Jen Belmonte, was a NAIA Women's Soccer Second Team All-American midfielder during the 2005 season.

At FGCU, Belmonte started in seven of the team's 15 games and recorded two assists. She is projected to play at either defender or at midfielder next fall for the Cougars. Belmonte enjoyed a successful prep career at Hinsdale South High School in Darien where she was named the team's Most Valuable Player (MVP) during her senior season in 2007. She also made the Dean's List all four years and was named to the All-Academic Team at Hinsdale South. Belmonte is the daughter of Pete and Laura Belmonte of Darien.

"Jessica is a tremendously versatile and talented player, who will compete for playing time right away," said Saint Xavier University assistant women's soccer coach Jeremy Ekeler. "Her collegiate experience gives us a savvy player, who already has ties to the SXU program through her sister (Jen)."