Wilmington Standouts Chelsea Grace and Spyros Stergiotis Named Wildcats’ November Athletes of the Month
November Student-Athletes of the Month
Monday, December 3, 2012 - Newark, Del.
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Junior Chelsea Grace is setting up her game-winning goal in the CACC Semifinal against Georgian Court on November 2Sophomore goalkeeper Spyros Stergiotis makes one of his eight saves against Post in the CACC Semifinal on November 2. Photo by James Jones
Wilmington University stand out student-athletes Chelsea Grace and Spyros Stergiotis have been named Wildcat Athletes of the Month for November after leading their respective teams into the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference tournament and beyond and putting their marks in the record books in the 2012 season.
Grace, a junior forward for the women’s soccer team, became the first Wildcat to earn NCAA Daktronics All-East Region honors since 2010 after leading the team to its first CACC Tournament Championship and a berth into the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament. Grace was also a CACC All-Tournament and Second Team All-CACC selection in 2012.
Playing in her first season as a Wildcat after transferring from Burlington County College, Grace led the team with 12 goals and seven assists, totaling 31 points on the year. In the month of November she tallied two goals in the CACC Tournament, both resulting as game-winners in helping the Wildcats advance in the postseason. In the CACC Semifinal, Grace scored the games’ first goal in the 13th minute in the Wildcats’ 4-0 shutout over Georgian Court. She followed that performance up with the lone goal in the CACC Championship in the 58th minute against Philadelphia to capture the team’s first CACC Tournament Championship.
Although only technically playing one match in the month of November, Stergiotis gets the nod for Student-Athlete of the Month for his tremendous play down the stretch of the men’s soccer season and in the CACC playoffs. The sophomore goalkeeper was named to the CACC All-Tournament team for his efforts at the end of the year.
Stergiotis took over the team’s starting netminder position near the midway point of the campaign and went 8-3 in 11 starts and was part of three shutouts on the season, helping the Wildcats advance to the CACC tournament semifinals for the first time since the 2009 season. In the tournament quarterfinal, Stergiotis entered the game in a relief role in the 20th minute and Wilmington rallied from a 2-0 hole to win 3-2. In the Semifinal against top seeded and host Post, Stergiotis made eight more saves in the 1-0 defeat, rounding out the 2012 season.