Women's Soccer - Tue, Dec. 6, 2005
Olathe, Kan. - Saint Xavier University senior midfielder Jen Belmonte (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South) was named a 2005 NAIA Women's Soccer Second Team All-American when the selection committee recently announced the honors. In addition, sophomore forward Lissa Coby (Lake Villa, Ill./Grant Community) and sophomore defender Cassie Rumpf (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) both earned honorable mention recognition on the NAIA All-American Team in their respective positions.

Belmonte recorded nine goals and 14 assists playing in all 20 games during her senior season. She is the first women's soccer player in the nine-year history of the Saint Xavier University women's soccer program to earn a spot higher than honorable mention on the NAIA All-American Team.

Coby led the Cougars in goals (12), assists (21), and total points (45) in 2005, but played in just 17 games due to injury. Rumpf played in all 20 games for Saint Xavier at defender and tallied two assists, while anchoring a defense that allowed just over a goal a game (1.06).

"Jen has been the heart of this program for the past four years and helped us make great strides during this time," said SXU women's soccer coach Derek Begich. "She is the first women's soccer player from Saint Xavier to earn NAIA All-American Second Team honors and will be sorely missed next season."

Saint Xavier finished the 2005 season with an overall record of 14-4-2 and was named co-champion of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) with an 8-1 mark. The Cougars also qualified for the quarterfinals of the NAIA Region VII Tournament.