UIW Sweeps Southland Soccer Player of the Week Awards

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – UIW’s Keeley Ayala, Payton Adams and Cailey Croson are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Ayala earned Offensive Player of the Week, and teammates Adams and Croson picked up Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week honors, respectively. Offensive Player of the Week: Keeley Ayala, UIW – So. – Forward – Wichita Falls, TexasAyala’s brace against Prairie View A&M fueled a 3-0 win over the Panthers, the first for UIW this fall. She got the Cardinals on the board in the 66th minute with a header that tipped just over a Panther defender and the goalkeeper. Ayala scored the final goal in the 89th minute on an assist from Brooke Hanson. Honorable Mention: Alana Mangan, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Jamie Raines, Southeastern Louisiana. Defensive Player of the Week: Payton Adams, UIW – Fr. – Defender – Frisco, TexasIn just her second start in a UIW uniform, Adams anchored a back line that limited Prairie View to just two shots in the match and one shot on goal. Against North Texas, she was even able to turn her efforts to the attacking half with a pair of shots on goal. Adams clocked all 180 minutes in the Cardinals’ two matches. The sophomore from Wichita Falls, Texas, tallied seven shots in two matches, including four on frame. Ayala’s production was contagious to the entire UIW attack as the Cardinals racked up 25 shots over the weekend. Goalkeeper of the Week: Cailey Croson, UIW – Jr. – Goalkeeper – Fulshear, TexasCroson registered the first clean sheet of her UIW career in Friday’s 3-0 win over Prairie View A&M, stopping the Panthers’ only attempt on goal and improving her record to 1-1. On Sunday, she turned in a career-high 10 saves against North Texas. Honorable Mention: Kayla Bomben, Northwestern State; Nadine Maher, Southeastern Louisiana. The Cardinals (1-4) secured their first win of the season with a 3-0 blanking of Prairie View A&M Friday evening before falling to perennial power North Texas on Sunday afternoon. UIW heads to the West Coast to take on Cal Baptist at 3 p.m. Friday and CSU-Bakersfield at noon Sunday. Honorable Mention: Abby Deakin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Courtney Pawlik, Sam Houston State. 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

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