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Olivia Eagleson on part to be only OLLU student to graduate with three degrees at once

The women’s soccer team has had great success on the field and in the classroom, and Olivia Eagleson has played a major role in all of the team’s achievements over the last three years. Eagleson, however, is on her way to earning something very few OLLU students, if any, have earned during their time at the university. She is on par with graduating with not only one or two, but three degrees, plus a minor. A typical undergraduate degree encompasses 120 hours, but Eagleson will have about 170 hours once she walks across the stage in May 2022.

Eagleson, among one of the leaders on the team and a four-year senior, exemplifies the role of a student-athlete. She not only balances her academics successfully, but she also works on campus in the Student Leadership and Development office.

Eagleson is majoring in business finance, business accounting and business management; she will also minor in criminal justice and graduate in May 2022. With help from the online student portal, Eagleson discovered that she would be able to major in three different subjects by the time she completes her studies with the courses she has taken.

Head Coach Arthur Salazar said, “Olivia has been a great addition to the program since coming in as a freshman in 2018. Being a student-athlete is never an easy task, but Olivia has maintained a high academic standing while also being productive on the field. Having to navigate training, travel, games, classwork and a job during her time at OLLU, Olivia has displayed the drive and commitment to succeed on the field and in the classroom. She will not only graduate with one degree, but three degrees, which is a tremendous feat for anyone (especially when you take into consideration the discipline it took to navigate the changes over the past year and a half due to the pandemic). We have really been fortunate that Olivia chose to come to OLLU.”

Once she completes her undergraduate degrees, Eagleson plans to keep going. “I’m planning on staying at OLLU to pursue a master’s degree in accounting,” Eagleson commented, “that way, I can sit through the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.” The thing is – she will have already attained enough accounting credits to sit for the exam without having to pursue a master’s degree. “It’s just rare that an undergraduate would [be able to take the exam without a master’s].”

With all this education, including her criminal justice minor, Eagleson plans to pursue the forensics part of accounting and perhaps go after white-collar crimes with the FBI. Although she does not have a job lined up, she hopes to intern with Frost Bank next spring. “This will allow me to see if the accounting field is where I want to be, and if not, there is always the financing side.”

Her success has not come easy, especially in-season when the women travel for games during the week, which results in a lot of self-discipline to keep up with academics. “We’re on the bus for 12 hours at a time, and the bus wifi is not always reliable, but thank God for the professors we have here because they have been extremely understanding of the student-athletes in terms of due dates and working around our schedules.”

Eagleson praises her adviser and School of Businesses and Leadership Assistant Professor Kathryn Winney. “I thought she would think I was crazy asking for a third major,” Eagleson said. “She helped with the process and has been a huge asset in my college career.” Winney worked with the registrar to ensure [the three degrees] could be done, and she has helped Eagleson with everything she needed to succeed.

On the criminal justice side, Eagleson cites Sociology Lecturer Kimberly Brisco as a significant influence. “She made it so fun to the point where I almost considered making criminal justice a major, but I just didn’t do it because I knew I was more inclined to use the mathematical side of my brain.”

In addition to an already packed schedule, Eagleson works on campus for the Student Leadership and Development (SLD) office, which coordinates and manages the student organizations on campus. She is the wellness chair and plans a lot of relaxation and destressing events. She also is the student leader for the “Truth Initiative” on campus. The group is committed to making tobacco use and nicotine addiction a thing of the past.

Her daily routine includes working in the SLD office from 9-11:30 a.m., soccer practice from 12-2:30 p.m. and going back to SLD from 4-7 p.m. After that, she devotes time to studying and maybe a little social life, but not much. She enjoys spending time with her roommates, Liliana BrisenoRachel Dziuba and Riley Perez. “It’s typically like that every day. I don’t have any free time until after 7 p.m.”

Eagleson, a native of El Paso, Texas, plans to stay in San Antonio after graduation. Eagleson’s mother, Deb Luev, has been a constant source of support throughout her life. “She has been my biggest supporter and has always helped me through challenges. She has been all for making myself more marketable to any future jobs.” Eagleson has two brothers – a 16-year-old and a 14-year-old – both play soccer and are defenders just like Eagleson.

When asked about Coach Salazar, she commented, “He understands that the student aspect comes before the athlete and is always willing to work with us.” Salazar recruited Eagleson before her freshman season in 2018 when her hometown El Paso club visited campus. She considered other colleges, including schools closer to home, but the commitment Salazar showed, and the overall atmosphere of OLLU made her decision easy.

Eagleson has been named a Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Scholar-Athlete throughout her years at OLLU, which means maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA. During her first three years on the soccer team, the Saints won the RRAC regular-season title twice and the postseason tournament once. Last year, the Saints achieved the first undefeated regular season at 7-0 after the 2020 fall schedule was pushed to spring 2021 due to COVID-19. Her role as a defender assisted in the Saints blanking teams on seven occasions.

Eagleson likes when the younger members of the team come to her for help with their studies. “I like helping the younger ones, especially with accounting; if one’s never been exposed to it [accounting], it is a difficult class in general. Plus, helping them with accounting gives me a little refresher on the basics, which is never a bad thing. Although I am not a captain, I always try to lead by example and listen to any concerns some of the players may have.”

The university congratulates Olivia Eagleson on her accomplishments throughout her four years at OLLU. She, along with seven other seniors, will be celebrated during Seniors’ Day on Oct. 30.

Madison Herrera named conference defensive player of the week

Madison Herrera (JR/Helotes, Texas) of Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) earned recognition as the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for Aug. 30-Sept. 5. This is the second set of conference awards for the 2021 women’s soccer season.

Herrera guided the Saints’ defense as OLLU won a pair of matches against NCAA Division III programs. The junior defender from Helotes, Texas, helped limit opponents to only two shots on goal as the Saints triumphed over Schreiner University, 5-1, and Concordia University-Texas, 4-0. OLLU jumped to 2-1 overall.

WOMEN’S SOCCER WELCOMES NEW ASSISTANT COACH

OLLU has announced the hiring of Natalie Stahmann as the new women’s soccer assistant coach. She arrives at OLLU after serving as an interim assistant coach for the men’s soccer team at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas. Stahmann was also the assistant coach for the women’s team.

Prior to coaching in Paris, Stahmann assistant coached the girls’ team at 6A Charles Page High School from 2018-2019 in Sand Springs, Okla. She also coached at Soccer Shots in Tulsa, Okla., and the San Antonio Sting Club.

Stahmann commented, “I am excited to join the women’s soccer program as its assistant coach. It’s an honor to be able to work with such a successful soccer program. I look forward to working with Head Coach Arthur Salazar and learning from him about helping our student-athletes improve both on and off the field. Go, Saints!”

Stahmann graduated from Blanco High School in Blanco, Texas. She received her Master of Science in Kinesiology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. While in Corpus Christi, Stahmann earned certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA).

She received a Bachelor of Science in Fitness Management Composite/Personal Training and Strength Specialization at Wayland Baptist University (WBU). She is currently working on an MBA from WBU in addition to coaching for the Saints.

Her playing career started with the New Braunfels Ajax’s Soccer Club from 2005-2012. Stahmann was the team captain for the WBU women’s soccer team and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 as a freshman. She also played for the Malick City Football Club in Trinidad and Tobago in the 2013 Summer Trinidad and Tobago Women’s League.

Stahmann brings the following skills and certifications to OLLU:

  • Coached the van driver course
  • The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Personal Training Certification
  • CPR and First-Aid Certification
  • Training as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • U.S. Soccer Grassroots Certification (11v11, 9v9, 7v7)
  • U.S. Soccer D License
  • United Soccer Coaches Diplomas: Goalkeeper 1 and LGBT: Diversity and Inclusion
  • A part of Coaches Outreach

WOMEN’S SOCCER BEGINS RRAC TITLE DEFENSE THIS FALL

After achieving its first undefeated regular season and fourth undefeated conference record in program history during a delayed season in the spring, the women’s soccer team is ready for its 14th season. The Saints will take on local rival NCAA D2 St. Mary’s University (3-4-2) at the OLLU Soccer Field on Friday at 4 p.m.

Team goals
Head Coach Arthur Salazar aims for another successful season in 2021. “It comes down to the team having the mentality and the desire to compete,” Salazar said. “The 11-1 record last season was special, but in reality, that probably can’t happen every year. In the event of adversity, we have the mental capacity to bounce back from issues.” The women’s program was picked second in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Preseason Poll.

Salazar has a .845 winning percentage and 57-10-1 mark in RRAC competition. He was named Red River Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season last spring and fourth overall.

Beginning the season
The game against St. Mary’s will be the first regular-season game. This will be the two teams’ Seventh Annual Halo Classic. The series is tied at 3-3 with OLLU hanging onto the trophy and hoping to keep it another year.

OLLU will face Schreiner University (4-0), Concordia University-Texas (6-1), No. 2-ranked William Carey University (0-2), University of Mobile and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley before opening RRAC play. (Numbers after school indicate all-time records).

Conference opponents
OLLU opens RRAC competition at home against LSU-Shreveport (6-3-2) on Sept. 23. The Saints welcome Texas A&M University-Texarkana (4-1) two days later. The team travels to Louisiana to face LSU-Alexandria (7-1-1) on Sept. 30 and the newest RRAC member Louisiana College on Oct. 2.

The University of the Southwest (18-1) and Paul Quinn College (6-0) head to San Antonio on Oct. 7 and Oct. 9. The Saints then make a trip to face teams to which they have never lost. They play Texas College (12-0) on Oct. 14 and Jarvis Christian College (7-0) on Oct. 16. OLLU returns home to take on the University of Houston-Victoria (14-1) on Oct. 21, and then hits the road two days later versus Huston-Tillotson University (10-3). The series finale features the first matchup in program history against Texas A&M University-San Antonio on Oct. 30 at home.

Read more on the Saints website.

Soccer’s Brinkley and Pye named to Academic All-America NAIA Soccer Team

OLLU soccer student-athletes Dawson Brinkley and Patrick Pye have been selected to the Academic All-America® NAIA Soccer teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Brinkley was named to the first team, while Pye made the second team.

The NAIA Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NAIA national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2020-2021 NAIA Academic All-America® teams program. 

Brinkley, a junior forward from San Antonio, played in all 12 of OLLU women’s soccer games this past spring. She had one goal while taking 12 shots, eight on goal. Brinkley is second all-time in goals with 33 (38 is the record). In 2018, Brinkley broke the season record for most goals with 21, she was second in shots on goal with 41 (46 is the record), and she had the most shots in a season with 77. She also holds the record for most game-winning goals with eight.

Brinkley has accumulated a wide variety of individual awards, as well, including NAIA All-American Honorable Mention (2018), two All-Conference First Team awards (2018/2019), three conference Offensive Player of the Week awards (2018/2019), and two All-Tournament awards (2018/2019). Brinkley was the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in 2018. In addition, she has earned conference Scholar-Athlete awards in all three of her years at OLLU. She earned a cumulative 3.8 GPA. She will enter her senior year at OLLU this fall.

Pye, a junior transfer student from Norwich, Norfolk, U.K., started at OLLU in 2019. As a defender, he played eight of 10 games for the Saints this year and marked one goal, 10 shots and one shot on goal. He was selected to the conference’s All-Conference First Team this year, and last year, he made the Second Team. Pye earned conference Scholar-Athlete honors in both his years at OLLU, earning 4.0 GPAs. He will enter his senior year at OLLU this fall.

Since 1952, CoSIDA has presented these awards annually to student-athletes to recognize their outstanding academic and athletic achievements. The achievements of student-athletes in the classroom and on the playing fields and courts indicate their passion as true student-athletes.

CoSIDA member Patty Constantin, OLLU’s Sports Information Director, nominated several student-athletes. Two were selected from the women’s soccer team as recipients (Mikaela Gilbert) and one from the men’s soccer team. CoSIDA receives about 20,000 nominations throughout the academic year across all championship sports. From those nominations, approximately 5,000 student-athletes receive all-district recognition. First-team all-district selections advance to the national ballot. CoSIDA members vote, and 1,500 student-athletes receive Academic All-America honors.

Many women’s soccer student-athletes from OLLU have received this honor. They include 2011: Abby DuLaney; 2012: Emily Backus; 2012: Rebekah Valenta; 2013: Erika Thompson; 2014: Erika Thompson; 2014: Teegan Luckemeyer; 2015: Erika Thompson; 2015: Teegan Luckemeyer; 2016: Brooke Cousins; 2019: Dawson Brinkley. The following received Academic All-American honors: 2012: Rebekah Valenta; 2015: Erika Thompson; 2016: Brooke Cousins.

Men’s soccer student-athletes who have received All-District honors were 2011: Gary Hamilton; 2015: Jared Poling; 2018: Jorge Cavazos and Adrian Delgado. The following received Academic All-American honors: 2011: Gary Hamilton; 2018: Jorge Cavazos.

For more information on the Academic All-America® program, go to https://academicallamerica.com/

SAINTS HOPING FOR AT-LARGE BID FOR NATIONALS

After the OLLU women’s soccer team won its sixth regular-season title with an undefeated 11-0 season and 7-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC), the team was hoping to add its sixth postseason title earlier today. Despite a hard-fought match, the No. 1 seeded Saints lost 1-0 to No. 2 seeded LSU-Shreveport (LSUS). The win would have sent the Saints to the NAIA National Championships, but they are still hopeful to earn an at-large bid. The women are hoping the selection committee recognizes the phenomenal season they have had.

The 2020 season included allowing just six opponent goals while scoring 24 goals. They are ranked 17th in the NAIA in shots on goal with 11.09. RRAC Offensive Player of the Year Baye Polansky (SR/Helotes, Texas) led the conference in points/game with 1.67 and goals/game at .78. Jaylin Seto (JR/Houston, Texas) led the conference in assists/game with .55, while Kyleigh Spree-Kolos (FR/Victoria, Texas) took the most shots in the RRAC with 53 for 4.82 per game. She also led in shots on goal with 30 for 2.73 per game.

The Saints won both the regular-season and tournament titles in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019. This season, the Saints won the regular season.

Head Coach Arthur Salazar commented, “Unfortunately, today wasn’t our day. We just weren’t clean enough in the final third to create quality chances, and that’s something that we have struggled with all season. We give credit to LSUS – they worked really hard to defend and were able to deny us the equalizer.

“This one game doesn’t define who we are and what this team has been able to accomplish this year. Going 11-1 is extremely hard for any team to do, and these women did a heck of a job dealing with the pressure of the season. If we do get an at-large bid, we can have another chance to prove ourselves.”

See full game details on the Saints website.

Women’s soccer clinches RRAC regular season title with win over LSU-Shreveport

The women’s soccer team won their ninth straight game with a 2-0 victory over LSU-Shreveport (LSUS). The Saints are undefeated at 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). OLLU clinched the RRAC regular-season title with the win.  

Head Coach Arthur Salazar said, “I’m extremely proud of the team, and how they handled the pressure of playing on the road against some tough competition. We knew it was going to be a challenge, and they stepped up once again. We will enjoy this weekend’s results for the next 24 hours before turning our attention to the final conference regular-season game against the University of Houston-Victoria.” 

History

The Saints lead the series against LSUS 5-2-2. 

Basics

The first half was scoreless, but the Saints tallied seven shots and one corner kick. The Pilots committed five fouls and were forced to make four saves.

The Saints struck first in the second half with a goal by Brianna Yanez (SO/Portland, Texas) assisted by Baye Polansky (SR/Helotes, Texas) at the 50th minute. Kyleigh Spree-Kolos (FR/Victoria, Texas) added to the Saints lead in the 58th minute with an assist from Yanez. The Saints won 2-0 and will be the first seed in the RRAC Tournament on April 2.

Scoring overview

50′ – OLLU – Brianna Yanez

58′ – OLLU – Kyleigh Spree-Kolos

Inside the box score

Leading the way for the Saints’ offense was Polansky with five shots. Chelsea Brown led the Pilots with three shots.

The Saints tallied 15 shots, eight on goal. LSUS recorded nine shots with four on goal.

What’s next

The Saints wrap up the regular season with a home match against University of Houston-Victoria on March 27 at 12 p.m.

Women’s soccer remains undefeated with victory over University of the Southwest

The women’s soccer team defeated Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) foe the University of the Southwest (USW) 1-0 in double overtime on Saturday. The Saints remain undefeated at 7-0 overall and climb to 4-0 in RRAC play. The Mustangs drop to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the RRAC.

Head Coach Arthur Salazar said, “It was a hard-fought game as expected. Southwest worked extremely hard, and we couldn’t produce as many clean looks as we had hoped. We had a handful of chances that we should have taken advantage of and didn’t. Unfortunately, our inability to put the game away continues to plague us, but the resilience the team showed today continues to be encouraging.”

History

The Saints lead the all-time series against Southwest 16-1. 

Basics

The Saints were in control of the game for most of regulation. Southwest kept up with the Saints’ pace in the first half, and both teams tallied two shots on goal. OLLU didn’t allow a corner kick by USW and took three of their own.

OLLU recorded three more corner kicks in the second half but were unable to connect for a goal. Both teams totaled nine fouls at the end of regulation, and the Mustangs drew a yellow card.

Baye Polansky (SR/Helotes, Texas) was the hero for the Saints in double overtime with a header to win the game. Jaylin Seto (JR/Houston, Texas) picked up the assist, and the Saints continued their unbeaten season.

Scoring overview

107′ – OLLU – Baye Polansky

Inside the box score

Leading the Saints’ offense was Kyleigh Spree-Kolos (FR/Victoria, Texas), with four shots. Maya Sanchez led the Mustangs with two shots.

The Saints tallied 14 shots, eight on goal. Southwest recorded six shots with two on goal.

What’s next

The Saints travel to Alexandria, La., to face LSU-Alexandria on March 18 at 12 p.m.

Women’s soccer defeats Jarvis Christian College on Seniors’ Day

Hear from seniors Savannah Hernandez, Mikaela Gilbert, Baye Polansky and Yolanda Vazquez.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/S3AgiaD67lc?enablejsapi=1&origin=http%3A%2F%2F

The women’s soccer team defeated Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) rival Jarvis Christian College (JCC) 2-0 on Seniors’ Day. The Saints remain undefeated at 6-0 overall and improve to 3-0 in RRAC play. The Bulldogs drop to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the RRAC.

The Saints honored goalies Mikaela Gilbert (SR/San Antonio, Texas) and Savannah Hernandez (SR/El Paso, Texas), defender Victoria Morales (SR/Brownsville, Texas) and midfielders Baye Polansky (SR/Helotes, Texas) and Yolanda Vazquez (SR/Los Angeles, Calif.) as part of Seniors’ Day.

History

The Saints are undefeated against Jarvis all-time at 6-0. 

Basics

Both teams failed to score a goal in the first half. The Saints dominated most of the half with 10 shots and forced the Bulldogs to make eight saves. OLLU also took two corner kicks.

The second half was also scoreless until the 74th minute. Senior Polansky scored on a penalty kick after a handball foul to give the Saints the advantage. Senior Yolanda Vazquez scored 12 minutes later to extend the Saints lead and eventually seal the 2-0 win. The Saints tallied 15 shots on goal and limited the Bulldogs to one. Goalkeepers Nallely Infante (SO/Houston, Texas), Savannah Hernandez and Tess Pitcher (FR/San Antonio, Texas) all saw time in the net, with Hernandez earning the win.

Scoring overview

74′ – OLLU – Baye Polansky

86′ – OLLU – Yolanda Vazquez

Inside the box score

Leading the way for the Saints’ offense was Kyleigh Spree-Kolos (FR/Victoria, Texas) and Dawson Brinkley (JR/San Antonio, Texas) with three shots each. All three of Brinkley’s shots were on goal. Three different players led the Bulldogs with one shot each.

The Saints tallied 18 shots, 15 on goal. Jarvis recorded three shots with one on goal.

What’s next

The Saints face the University of the Southwest for another RRAC matchup at home on March 13 at 11 a.m.

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