O'Shea Earns National and Conference Player of the Week Honors
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Saint Mary's forward McKenna O'Shea was named as the United Soccer Coaches Division III Women's Soccer Player of the Week and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week on September 5.
A freshman from Jackson, Michigan, she scored six goals in two games for the Belles last week. In a 4-1 win at Manchester on Sunday, she registered all four Saint Mary's goals to establish a new program record for goals in a game. It marked the first time in the 32-year history of the Belles soccer team that a player netted four goals in a single contest. Additionally, she tallied a pair of goals in a 3-2 setback in the team's season opener against North Park.
"I'm thrilled for McKenna," said head coach Jesse Urquhart. "She arrived on campus with one goal in mind this season, to help win matches. She's much more than a goal scorer - she's crafty, works extremely hard, and she's put herself in great positions to score goals early on this season. Her teammates do a great job of rewarding her runs as her six goals were assisted by four different players. We've relied on McKenna early in the season and she's delivered. She one of a number of players who on any given week has the ability to do something special."
Both honors are the first of her career. Additionally, she is the first Saint Mary's soccer player to be recognized by the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America) with their national player of the week award.