Women's Soccer - Wed, Feb. 4, 2009
CHICAGO - Ashley Shugar, a sophomore goalkeeper from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., has signed a letter of intent to transfer to Saint Xavier University and continue both her athletic and academic career as a member of the Cougar women's soccer program. Shugar was coached by Tony Guinn at WIU during her two-year stint with the Westerwinds and by Ken Snage during her prep career at Lake Orion High School in her hometown of Lake Orion, Mich. She will join SXU's program with two remaining years of playing eligibility.

Shugar is the daughter of Thomas and Kelsey Shugar of Lake Orion. She is planning to pursue a degree in nursing at Saint Xavier University. During her career at Western Illinois University, Shugar saw action in six total games (three each season) and played for nearly 124 minutes allowing just one goal and posting five saves. Following both her seasons at WIU in 2007 and 2008, she was named to the Summit League Fall Academic All-League Team. At Lake Orion High School, Shugar was named first team all-district and all-region as well as third team all-state as a junior. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.

"Due to the loss of three outstanding goalkeepers following the 2008 season, our coaching staff was determined to find players who could uphold the SXU goalkeeper tradition," said Saint Xavier University women's soccer coach Jeremy Ekeler. "We believe we took a big first step in that direction with the signing of Ashley Shugar. Besides her talent and work ethic, we are excited about the fact that she comes from a competitive atmosphere and has played at a high level. Most importantly, it was obvious to our returning players, coaches, and Ashley, that Saint Xavier University is the perfect fit both on and off the field."