Fox Chapel grad shines in goal for RMU soccer team
By Marty Stewart
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Becky Schoenecker had an outstanding soccer career at Fox Chapel.
The 2011 graduate was four-year letterwinner for the Foxes and made the all-section team as a senior.
She earned team MVP honors as a junior and helped the Foxes win a section title in 2009. She played forward and goalie as a junior and scored more goals than she allowed.
The success has continued for Schoenecker at Robert Morris University.
Last week, the junior was named as the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week after posting shutouts against Farleigh Dickinson and Sacred Heart. She ended the season with a shutout string of 256 minutes, 57 seconds.
In 2012, Schoenecker saw action in 11 games and took over as starter toward the end of the season.
She had a total of 51 saves with a save percentage of .810 and a goals-against average of 1.66. She had one shutout and had a season-high six saves in three games. As a freshman, she allowed two goals in more than 99 minutes of action.
Schoenecker is majoring in Media Arts with a minor in Documentary Production. She hopes to begin a career in sports production after graduation.
“After next season, that will be it for my soccer. It's different from when I graduated high school and knew I'd still be playing,” she said.
“I've always loved sports. That's why I chose to study TV video production and graphic design.”
Another difference Schoenecker found out quickly was the skill of the players at the college level.
“At this level, the shots are harder, the ball placement is more accurate and the game is a lot more aggressive,” she said.
She found out about the hard shots early in her career at RMU. “I had a shot break my pinky finger. And it wasn't a close-in shot. It was about 20 feet away.”
She's hoping for a strong senior season for her and her teammates.
“We started out strong this year but faltered and didn't make the playoffs,” she said. “We're losing a lot of defensive players, but we'll have a lot of our offense coming back. We'll get about a month off now and then begin indoor practice.”
Schoenecker still follows the Fox Chapel girls team.
“The girls that were there when I was on the team are seniors now, and I'm glad that they've been having a lot of success.”
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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