Schumacher Named Top Soccer Defender

News Release Date:
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Sophomore Cooper Schumacher, who helped the Whitman College soccer team shut out a pair of opponents last weekend, has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for defensive players.

Cooper Schumacher

Schumacher, a 6-foot-3 defender, contributed both defensively and offensively in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Pacific.

While Pacific was managing just two shots on goal against the Whitman defense, Schumacher came forward on set pieces to put two shots of his own on frame. With Whitman already ahead 2-0 early in the second half, he booted his second goal of the season  to stifle any hope of a Pacific comeback.

Schumacher and the rest of the Missionary defense was even more stingy in a 1-0 victory over George Fox on Sunday.

After failing to generate a single shot in the first half, the Bruins finished with three second-half shots on goal -- two of which came in the final four minutes.

Meanwhile, Schumacher again came forward to help with the offense. He pelted George Fox with four shots, and he nearly scored near the end of the first half when his header kicked off the crossbar.

Schumacher, in his first season as a starter, has an "incredible appetite to learn the game," Whitman coach Mike Washington said.

               Cooper Schumacher, airborne
                                          Photo by Greg Lehman

"He keeps a notebook of his soccer experiences, games and practices, to help himself learn and improve."

Schumacher puts his size to good use at both ends of the field, Washington adds.

"Cooper is a beast in the air duels. He wins most of the time at the defensive end, and we've been rewarded with some key goals in using him on set plays."

Schumacher also brings strong technical skills to the pitch, and he is "surprisingly quick and agile for as tall as he is," Washington says.

Schumacher is the third Whitman player to earn one of the NWC weekly awards this fall. Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Bathurst and sophomore forward Chris Perkins were honored earlier this season.

Whitman is tied for third place (7-4) in the NWC as it heads to this weekend's games.

The Missionaries host Willamette (4-6-1) on Saturday and Linfield (1-9-1) on Sunday. Both games start at 2:30 p.m. at the Whitman Athletic Fields.

Whitman, now 7-7-2 on the season, then finishes its 2011 campaign on Saturday, Nov. 5, against Whitworth in Spokane.



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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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