Sept. 24, 2012
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago women's soccer picked up a pair of weekly awards today, as junior midfielder Tricia Stonebraker was named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week and sophomore goalkeeper Monica Gonyowas named College Sports Madness Horizon League Player of the Week. After sweeping the weekend and extending a six-game unbeaten streak, the Ramblers continue to be recognized for their performances, earning weekly awards for a third consecutive week.
Stonebreaker (Anchorage, Alaska) contributed to both 1-0 wins this weekend, notching an assist against Cleveland State on Friday and scoring the game-winner against Indiana State on Sunday. Stonebraker took advantage of a Rambler set piece against the Vikings, gaining possession of the ball after a corner kick by senior Jessie Hubly. A quick pass to freshman Brielle Hauptallowed Haupt a shot in the goalie box which gave Loyola the lead 1-0.
On Sunday, Stonebraker found the back of the net in the 68th minute against Indiana State, ending a great sequence by the Ramblers. Senior Samantha Welcher sent a ball wide to sophomore Moriah Schwarzwho dribbled up the field to send a cross to Stonebraker in the middle. Stonebraker gained control of the ball, shooting to the near post to give Loyola the 1-0 win.
"Tricia winning Horizon League Player of the Week marks the third week that we have won a Horizon League weekly award for the program," said head coach Barry Bimbi. "Obviously it's a great honor for Tricia and the program and shows that when you do win games, you also gain recognition."
Monica Gonyo(New Berlin, Wis.) was recognized by College Sports Madness as Horizon League Player of the Week after posting two shutouts this weekend and making nine saves. Currently, Gonyo is ranked second in the Horizon League with 44 saves, and sports a .772 save percentage this season. This is the second award for Gonyo, who earned Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 18.
College Sports Madness is an organization that covers all aspects of college sports, from recruiting right up through the draft. Each week, the website recognizes the highest impact women's soccer player from each conference in a weekly feature.
"The College Sports Madness Horizon League Player of the Week is well deserved," said Coach Bimbi. "Monica is really coming through and developing as a goalkeeper. She's getting much more comfortable with her feet and dominating the box. Her game management here has gotten a lot better and it shows with the results being three shutouts in a row."
The Ramblers continue play this Sunday, Sept. 30, traveling to Detroit, Mich., where they will take on the Titans at 12 p.m. CDT.