SHUPirates.com Athlete of the Week (August 23, 2012)
Stephanie Soma, Women's Soccer
Senior forward Stephanie Soma wasted no time in making her mark on the 2012 season, tallying three points in a 2-0 win over defending NEC champion Long Island in the Pirates' first match of the year. Soma provided what proved to be the game-winning strike in the 18th minute when she settled a pass from freshman Alexis Urbanski in the penalty area and beat LIU goalkeeper Jennifer Bannon for the eighth goal of her career. With 15 minutes remaining, Soma helped SHU secure the result when she teed up junior Amie Ruhe who fired a shot home to add the insurance goal. Later in the week, the Franklin, Mass. native narrowly missed adding to her total as she looked threatening throughout a 1-0 victory against Iona. In both matches, Soma tied for the team lead with three shots on net.