Buffalo, NY - Sophomore goalkeeper Laurie Poeller had an impressive start to her 2019 season this past week, earning a pair of shutouts and was named the Spartan Classic Most Valuable Player.
Poeller recorded back-to-back shutouts to begin the season as the team defeated Bethany 7-0 on Friday and took down Alfred University 1-0 on Saturday to win the Spartan Classic. Laurie made two saves against Bethany and then made 12 saves against Alfred to be named Tournament MVP.
The two starts Poeller got were the first two of her career. She currently leads or is tied for the lead in saves (14), save percentage (1.000), goals allowed (0), and goals allowed average (0) in the AMCC.
As a freshman in 2018, Poeller played as a field player but has moved back to her high school position of goalkeeper for 2019. At Akron High School, Laurie played soccer for four years and was named a Niagara-Orleans League Honorable Mention in 2016 and then earned Niagara-Orleans League First Team in 2017. She also played club soccer for Black Watch Premier.
Laurie is an Exercise and Sports Science major and the daughter of Gretchen and Robert.
Aussie Mariacher, Women's Soccer - Mariacher netted two goals and an assist her first collegiate game on Friday in the 7-0 win over Bethany. She leads the team in points and is tied for first in goals after two games. Aussie was also named to the Spartan Classic All-Tournament Team.
Cassie Brooks, Women's Soccer - Brooks scored a pair of goals in the 7-0 win over Bethany on Friday, including the game winner. She then played a key role in the team's 1-0 victory over Alfred University on Saturday, resulting in a Spartan Classic Championship. Cassie was named to the Spartan Classic All-Tournament Team.
Mwibeleca Tumba, Men's Soccer - Tumba sealed the Spartan's victory on Friday evening, scoring two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game in the 3-0 D'Youville victory over Bethany. On Sunday he then scored another game-clinching goal as he scored the third goal in a 3-1 victory over Thiel. He leads the team in goals and points.