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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Sept. 12, 2005

Alison Sheridan and Ryan Waters Earn MIAA Weekly Honors

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Northwest Missouri State University picked up its first Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) honors of 2005-06 as junior goalkeeper Alison Sheridan (Blue Springs, Mo.) was named MIAA Goalkeeper of the Week in soccer and junior defensive end Ryan Waters (Independence, Mo.) was the MIAA Defensive Player of the Week in football.

The honors are the first for each student-athlete and Sheridan's recognition is the first for soccer since Beth Gutschenritter on Nov. 11, 2003.

Sheridan, a 5-foot-10 junior, helped Northwest to its first victory of 2005 by holding Upper Iowa to one goal in 102:22 of action. The Bearcats defeated Upper Iowa 2-1 last Friday (Sept. 9) at home and extended its school record of overtime matches to four.
In the 0-0 double overtime draw at Washburn last Wednesday, Sheridan made four saves. On the week, the Blue Springs High School graduate totaled nine saves on 25 shots faced.

Waters, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound junior from Independence, Mo., posted 10 tackles (six solos, four assists) and collected a career-high 2.5 quarterback sacks as Northwest pitched its first shutout since 2003 in the 17-0 win over Truman State (Sept. 10). He was a major reason for the Truman State offense to garner just 200 yards of total offense -- the fewest gained by an opponent since Minnesota State-Moorhead collected 198 on Aug. 28, 2004. Waters leads the club with 3.5 sacks and tied for first with 5.0 tackles-for-a-loss on the season.

Northwest soccer hosts Missouri Western on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. The football team travels to Missouri Western on Saturday, Sept. 17 for a 2 p.m. kick-off.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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