Joliet, Ill. - Just a couple of days after ending its season with a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to No. 12 ranked Trinity Christian College (Ill.), the Saint Xavier University women's soccer team got some good news when six of its players earned a spot on the 2008 All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Women's Soccer Team when the conference office released the honors early Monday morning. Sophomore defender Jessica Belmonte (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South) was the lone Cougar to earn a spot on the first team squad, while senior midfielder Sarah Scigalski (Alsip, Ill./Mother McAuley), junior defender Jessica Martinez (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg), junior goalkeeper Danielle Wagner (Worth, Ill./University of Illinois/Stagg), sophomore defender Nikki Gendron (Rockford, Ill./Boylan) and sophomore forward Kelly Steinhaus (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) each garnered honorable mention recognition.
Belmonte played in 20 of SXU's 21 games this fall and finished with a team-best eight assists. She helped lead a defense that allowed just 33 goals over 21 games for a 1.54 goals-against average. Scigalski finished in a tie for second on the team in scoring with eight goals and four assists for 20 points over all 21 games. Martinez was also instrumental in Saint Xavier's defensive scheme and posted two goals and four assists on the year. Wagner, despite missing half the season due to injury, finished with 58 saves over 10 games and had a team-low 1.15 goals-against average. Gendron was another tough component of SXU's impressive defense and also notched three assists. With a team-best 10 goals in addition to her five assists, Steinhaus proved to be the Cougars' main offensive weapon in 2008 and led the team with 25 total points. Saint Xavier ended its season with an overall record of 10-10-1 and finished fourth in the final CCAC regular season standings with a 5-4 mark. The Cougars also won the 2008 CCAC Women's Soccer Tournament despite holding the No. 4 seed in the eight-team event.Click here to see the entire All-CCAC Women's Soccer Team