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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. – Florida State goalkeeper Kelsey Wys leads the list of W-League players honored for their standout NCAA performances this week. Wys, a junior, led top-ranked FSU to a pair of 1-0 shutout wins against No. 2 Duke and No. 14 Wake Forest in the Seminoles’ opening week of league action to be named ACC Co-Player of the Week.  The 2010 member of the W-League’s Colorado Rush played all 180 minutes and totaled eight saves, extending her shutout streak to 348 minutes while helping the Seminoles to their best start in program history at 8-0-0.
It was Wys’ second Player of the Week honor of the season. She earned her first mention on August 28.
PAC-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors went to Zakiya Bywaters of UCLA, a 2012 member of the LA Strikers. Bywaters scored four goals on seven shots and added an assist in wins against Princeton and No. 18 Pepperdine. She notched a pair of goals an and assist less than five minutes apart in the first half of Friday’s 7-0 win against Princeton. On Sunday, she scored a goal in each half, netting the game-winner at 10:44 and adding an insurance goal at 52:34. Bywaters leads the Bruins in points (14) and goals (6) this season.
Bywaters was also chosen for the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week, which featured the entire Florida State backline following the wins vs. Duke and Wake Forest, with three of the four having W-League experience. Seattle Sounders Women and Pali Blues alum Tiana Brockway, former Chicago Red Eleven defender Casey Short and former Minnesota Lightning defender Kassey Kallman all played every minute for the Seminoles in the two wins.
Brockway’s teammate at the Sounders, Oregon State midfielder Megan Miller, was also chosen after she scored twice, including a last-minute winner, as the Beavers won twice.
2012 W-League All-Central Conference forward Nkem Ezurike of the Laval Comets is terrorizing Big Ten defenders this season, earning Offensive Player of the Week honors as she struck twice in Michigan’s 3-0 victory against Indiana this past weekend. It was the fifth multi-goal game of the Canadian international’s NCAA career.
One team that seems to have a former player honored every week is the Northern Virginia Majestics, who this week are represented by Colonial athletic Association Co-Player of the Week Amber Cook.
A junior midfielder at Old Dominion, Cook recorded the first hat trick of her career and added an assist in ODU’s 6-1 victory against VMI. The junior midfielder broke a 1-1 tie with her first goal in the 47th minute and then scored twice in a 33-second span later in the period to put the contest away.
Former New York Magic goalkeeper Sandita McDermott was named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week after she helped Bucknell to a 2-1-0 week. McDermott opened the week with a clean sheet in the Bison’s 2-0 win against Mount St. Mary’s, and stopped six shots with no goals allowed in a 3-1 win against Cal State Bakersfield. Despite suffering the loss vs. Saint Mary’s, McDermott made 10 saves against the Gaels and finished the week with a .895 save percentage.
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