McGuire earns national honor

Nov 08, 2016 • Athletics

Niccole McGuire, a junior goal keeper from Rapid City, S.D., was named the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Defensive Player of the Week and the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for her performances in last week’s GPAC Post-Season Tournament action.

McGuire had two shutouts to help the Mustangs advance to Thursday’s GPAC Championship Game against Concordia University in Seward, Neb.

She came up with seven saves to help lead the Mustangs to a 1-0 upset victory against 10th-ranked Hastings College in last Saturday’s GPAC Semifinals to snap the Broncos’ 14-game winning streak. McGuire had three saves earlier in the week when the Mustangs played Northwestern to a 0-0 double overtime tie and advanced 6-5 on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals.

McGuire is Morningside’s all-time post-season leader with career totals of 55 saves, two shutouts, and four goal keeper wins.

Morningside will take a 10-7-2 record into Thursday’s GPAC Championship Game against Concordia, which defeated the Mustangs 2-1 when the teams met during the regular season on Oct. 1 in Sioux City.