Cripe scores GMAC athletic honor

Westfield’s Cassie Cripe has scored eight goals and eight assists in her freshman year playing for Ursuline College. (Photo provided by Lynne Browske.)

Westfield’s Cassie Cripe has scored eight goals and eight assists in her freshman year playing for Ursuline College. (Photo provided by Lynne Browske.)

Ursuline College freshman Cassie Cripe has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference “Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week,” the conference office announced on Nov. 4.

The rookie from Westfield was a major reason why the Arrows were able to pull out an overtime win against the defending G-MAC champions, the Trevecca Nazarene University Trojans, in the first round of the conference postseason tournament on Nov. 2.

The Arrows fell behind the Trojans 2-1 with 21 minutes left in the second period. UC tied the match with less than eight minutes to go on senior Amanda Levaskevich’s second goal of the game, this one coming on a Cripe assist. Just 1:27 into overtime, Cripe scored the walk-off game-winner to send her team to the conference semifinals.

Cripe has eight goals and eight assists for 24 points on the season. She ranks third on the team in goals and points and is tied for second in assists, one behind junior Anna Feitl. Currently, she ranks fifth in the conference in points, sixth in goals and is tied for fourth in assists.

Cripe and her teammates took on regular season champion Cedarville University on Nov. 7 in the second G-MAC semifinal.