Wednesday, October 30, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – W-League players swept the American Athletic Conference’s final weekly honors of the 2013 NCAA season, highlighting the list of current and former W-Leaguers being recognized for their NCAA Division I performances.
Former Hamilton FC star Christabel Oduro was named Offensive Player of the Week, while Laval Comets goalkeeper Maryse Bard-Martel, Oduro’s teammate at the University of Memphis, earned Goalkeeper of the Week honors. Defensive Player of the Week honors went to UCF junior Carleigh Williams, who played for VSI Tampa Bay FC in 2012, while UCF freshman Kayla Adamek, a 2013 member of the Ottawa Fury, was named Rookie of the Week.
Oduro led Memphis through a crucial weekend in which the Tigers beat Temple 3-0 on Thursday and handed UConn a 5-1 defeat on Sunday. She scored a goal in each game, and notched three assists between the two games. Bard-Martel, a freshman, earned her second weekly award of the season , posting her fifth shutout of the season against Temple and posting eight saves against the Huskies.
Williams earned her third Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season on the heels of UCF’s 2-0 weekend in which the Knights clinched the conference title. The backline did not allow a goal, defeating Houston 4-0 on Thursday and halting a push by SMU with a 1-0 victory. With the two wins, UCF increased its shutout total to eight on the season, and extended its unbeaten streak to 15 games.
Adamek earned her first weekly honor after scoring two goals for the Knights over the weekend. Her goal against Houston was the second of the Knights’ four tallies, while her score against SMU sealed both the win and the conference title for her team. The goal was her third game-winner of the season, and Adamek finishes regular-season conference play as UCF’s leader in goals (six) and points (12).
Atlanta Silverbacks striker Savannah Jordan continues to tear up the SEC as a freshman, capturing the Offensive Player of the Week honors once again after adding three goals to raise her season total to 18 – Florida’s top season total since Abby Wambach tallied 31 in 2001. Jordan scored UF’s final goal at Tennessee on Friday and provided both goals in a 2-0 win against Texas A&M to move into a tie for first in the league standings. Her 18 goals is third all-time among Gator freshmen.
Jordan’s Silverbacks teammate, defender Emily Sonnett, was named ACC co-Player of the Week after she led top-ranked Virginia to wins against Miami and No. 3 Florida State, which gave the Cavaliers the No. 1 seed in the 2013 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship. The sophomore, who suited up for the Silverbacks this past season, anchored a defense that posted back-to-back shutouts and allowed four total shots. She recorded a career-high two assists in the 4-0 win against the Hurricanes, and led the Cavalier defense that allowed FSU one shot on goal.
Janine Beckie of the Seattle Sounders Women was chosen Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week as the Texas Tech sophomore forward scored in back-to-back victories against both Kansas and No. 9 West Virginia. Beckie scored the Red Raiders’ game-winner against Kansas Friday night before scoring again to put Tech up 2-0 in the second half against the Mountaineers. Beckie pushed her season scoring total to a team-leading eight goals.
Pali Blues standout forward Chioma Ubogagu was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after collecting a goal and two assists as Stanford swept Oregon and Oregon State. The junior assisted on the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute of a 2-1 victory in Eugene then followed on Sunday with a goal and an assist in a 4-1 decision against the Beavers in Corvallis. The two wins moved the No. 7-ranked Cardinal to second-place in conference standings and extended their winning streak to three entering the final three games of the season.
For the fourth time this season, Washington Spirit Reserves forward Ashley Herndon was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week after the freshman contributed a goal and an assist as James Madison was 1-0-1 to clinch the CAA regular-season title. Herndon assisted on Katie Hyland’s game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory at Northeastern and scored the game-tying goal in the 69th minute as the Dukes battled to a 2-2 draw at Hofstra. Herndon is tied for the team lead with 17 points.
Toronto Lady Lynx defender Sarah Reynolds took home Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after leading Oakland to consecutive shutout wins against Cleveland State and IUPUI. Reynolds anchored a defense that allowed only four shots on goal in 180 minutes. In victory against Cleveland State, the Golden Grizzlies held the Vikings to three shot attempts - the team’s lowest home total of the season.