HBU, ACU, LU Share Soccer Weekly Honors

first_imgHonorable Mention: Siri O’Donnell, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Amelia Fullmer, Lamar; Keely Morrow, McNeese. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Talin Rizo, Abilene Christian’s Michelle Mulrooney and Lamar’s Sandra Nygard are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Honorable Mention: Rubi Villegas, Lamar; Addison Urbanus, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Morgan Middleton, McNeese. Goalkeeper of the Week: Sandra Nygard, Lamar – Fr. – Sola, NorwayThe freshman from Sola, Norway, was nearly perfect in two home wins this past weekend. In Friday’s 3-1 win over Central Arkansas, Nygard stared down 27 shots en route to avenging last year’s loss. She came right back two days later to record a shutout against Northwestern State, recording 11 saves. Defensive Player of the Week: Michelle Mulrooney, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Lodi, Calif.Mulrooney led a backline that produced back-to-back shutout wins in league action this weekend. The junior from Lodi, Calif., helped limit Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls to five shots on goal and 16 shots overall. The Colonels were only able to take two shots Sunday with neither one on target. Mulrooney and the ACU defense has now tallied six shutouts on the season, one away from matching its Division I record set in 2013. Offensive Player of the Week: Talin Rizo, Houston Baptist – Fr. – San Antonio, TexasNotching her first collegiate goal, Rizo doubled the Huskies’ lead over Stephen F. Austin in Friday’s dual against Stephen F. Austin. The freshman midfielder squeezed a header in with 21 seconds left in the first half. She turned around and came up big with the equalizer Sunday against Sam Houston State in the 70th minute to earn the team a point at home. The Huskies (4-5-1, 2-0-1 SLC) stayed at home this past weekend, shutting out Stephen F. Austin (3-4-1, 1-1-1) 3-0 before playing to a 1-1 draw with Sam Houston State (1-7-2, 0-2-1). The Wildcats (7-3, 2-1-0) took a one-goal win over Southeastern Louisiana (4-3-2, 1-1-1) and Nicholls (2-7-0, 0-2-0). The Cardinals (6-3-0, 2-0-0) pushed past Central Arkansas (6-3-1, 1-1-0) 3-1 and defeated Northwestern State (6-5-0, 0-3-0) 1-0. Honorable Mention: Erin Smith, Abilene Christian; Emma Roccaforte, McNeese; Abbie Flax, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Nadine Maher, Southeastern Louisiana. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more