Awuku-Darkoh, Ricks, Guevara Garner Soccer Weekly Awards

first_imgDefensive Player of the Week: Kristen Ricks, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Keller, Texas Honorable Mention: April Trowbridge, Northwestern State; Katelyn Termini, Stephen F. Austin; Jessica Nevils, Houston Baptist; Jamie Raines, Southeastern Louisiana. Honorable Mention: Carli Arthurs, Stephen F. Austin; Baylii Bieke, Houston Baptist; Sofia Olsson, Southeastern Louisiana. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Connie Awuku-Darkoh and Kristen Ricks and Houston Baptist’s Alanis Guevara are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Awuku-Darkoh continued her recent hot streak, scoring a pair of goals in Central Arkansas’ Southland opener against Sam Houston State. The junior from Surrey, British Columbia, fielded a pass from Kristen Ricks and buried it inside the right post to start the scoring for the Bears in the 19th minute. She connected again in the 48th minute from a ball from Ricks again, winning a foot race to inside the box to tap one home from close range. In her last four games, including wins against teams from the SWAC, Sun Belt, Summit and the Southland conferences, Awuku-Darkoh has four goals and three assists. Guevara was a wall on Saturday, being called upon 10 times to make saves en route to the double-overtime shutout win over Abilene Christian. The clean sheet was the senior’s second of the season. The Cedar Park, Texas, native leads the league in total saves (52) and saves per game (6.50). The Bears’ duo of Awuku-Darkoh and Ricks linked up twice in Friday’s 5-0 win over Sam Houston State (1-6-1, 0-1 Southland) to commence the Southland season. UCA (6-2-1, 1-0) returns to the pitch Friday to face defending conference champion Lamar (4-3, 0-0) in Beaumont at 7 p.m. CT before staying on the road Sunday for a contest with McNeese (6-4, 0-1) at 1 p.m. Goalkeeper of the Week: Alanis Guevara, Houston Baptist – Sr. – Cedar Park, Texas Offensive Player of the Week: Connie Awuku-Darkoh, Central Arkansas – Jr. – Surrey, British Columbia Guevara opened the league slate with a 1-0 shutout victory between the pipes in 107 minutes of work against Abilene Christian (5-3, 0-1). The Huskies (3-5, 1-0) host Stephen F. Austin (3-3, 1-0) and Sam Houston this weekend, taking on the Ladyjacks on Friday and the Bearkats on Sunday. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.  Ricks proved her value to the Central Arkansas lineup on both sides of the ball in the team’s conference opener versus Sam Houston State. Posting the most minutes for the Bears’ backline, Ricks led a UCA defense that recorded its league-leading fifth shutout of the season. The senior from Keller, Texas, helped limit the Bearkats to just three shots on goal. She also made an impact on the UCA attack, pushing forward from her left back position to ignite Bears’ offense, twice playing balls to Connie Awuku-Darkoh for goals. 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. Honorable Mention: Maddie Talbot, Stephen F. Austin; Lauren Mercuri, Central Arkansas; Nadine Maher, Southeastern Louisiana. last_img

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