College Insider: Fenwick’s Himes leads Walsh in historic soccer season


College Insider: Fenwick’s Himes leads Walsh in historic soccer season

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Ross goalkeeper Katie Hansen knocks away the ball as Fenwick’s Alisha Himes (5) runs in during their Division II sectional game on Oct. 22, 2015, at Fenwick. The visiting Rams won 2-0. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Alisha Himes has been named to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference first team after leading the Walsh University women’s soccer squad to the best season in school history.

The sophomore defender and Fenwick High School graduate started every game and tallied one goal and four assists for the Cavaliers, who finished 15-4.

Sophomore goalkeeper Mickey McClanahan (Fenwick) also started every game. She had a 0.68 goals-allowed average with an .838 save percentage.

Freshman defender Erica Hafer (Fenwick) made eight starts and notched two assists for Walsh, while freshman midfielder Emma Hiatt (Edgewood) participated in five games off the bench. Senior midfielder Amy Gilmore (Fenwick) was also on the roster.

• Senior goalkeeper Jamie Daniels (Fairfield) and sophomore defender KK Smith (Fairfield) contributed to a 9-9-1 season (5-4 in the Horizon League) at Cleveland State.

Daniels started every game and gave up 1.24 goals per contest with a .739 save percentage. Smith played in eight games and made two starts.

• Junior forward/midfielder Evie Stepaniak (Lakota West) totaled one goal and one assist in 15 starts for Ball State.

The Cardinals finished 11-7-3 overall and 8-1-2 in the Mid-American Conference.

Football: Dayton senior wide receiver Matt Tunnacliffe (Fenwick) was named the winner of the Lt. Andy Zulli Memorial Trophy at halftime of Saturday’s 36-17 victory over Marist.

The award goes to the Flyer senior who best exemplifies the qualities of Zulli, a former UD football player who was killed in a military vehicle accident while serving in the Army in Germany shortly after his graduation in 1954.

Zulli was not a star at UD, but his sportsmanship, scholarship and leadership were so exceptional that the award was created in his memory shortly after his death. It is considered the most prestigious award in the Dayton football program.

Fenwick’s Alisha Himes (5) tracks a loose ball during an Oct. 2, 2013 game against visiting Badin. The contest ended in a 1-1 tie. COX MEDIA FILE PHOTO

Tunnacliffe, who walked on to the team as a sophomore, has started every game this fall and is the Flyers’ third-leading receiver with 21 receptions, 262 yards and two touchdowns. He’s also the long snapper on extra points, field goals and punts.

An outstanding student, Tunnacliffe is one of 13 Flyers nominated for Academic All-America honors this year.

Redshirt senior tight end Gus Madden (Ross) has contributed one catch for 4 yards for UD, which is 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the Pioneer Football League. The Flyers will end the season at Valparaiso on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.

• Freshman place-kicker Nick Amaya (Monroe) was the primary kickoff man for Cumberlands, which finished 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Mid-South Conference.

Amaya averaged 56.8 yards on 52 kickoffs and collected six touchbacks. He also made three solo tackles.

Men’s soccer: Junior forward Ethan Jeffers (Monroe) tallied five goals and two assists this season for Asbury (Ky.), which finished 11-6-1.

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