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Saint Louis, La Salle, VCU Earn First #A10WSOC Weekly Honors

Release: 08/21/2017
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Saint Louis sophomore Evie Lavelle and La Salle senior Kristin Haugstad have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference women's soccer Co-Offensive Players of the Week, the league announced Monday, after the opening weekend of the 2017 season. VCU's Audrey Sanderson was named Defensive Player of the Week, while Billikens freshman Olivia Petit was named Rookie of the Week. 

Lavelle, a Fairview Park, Ohio, native helped the Billikens to a pair of 3-0 shutout victories against Miami (OH) and Vanderbilt. Against Miami, she tallied a goal and assist, and added two shots, contributing to two of the three Saint Louis scores. Then against the 'Dores, the sophomore added a goal and four shots in a 3-0 victory.

Haugstad, a senior from Nesodden, Norway, scored a pair of goals La Salle's games last week. In a bizarre game that included a four-hour rain delay, Haugstad knotted the game at 2-2 against St. John's in the 54th minute of play before the game ended in a 3-3 draw. She then tallied the gamewinner against Temple with 7:03 minutes to play in regulation as La Salle defeated its crosstown rival, 2-0. Haugstad tallied six shots on the week. 

Sanderson, a redshirt-junior from Nashville, Tenn., turned in a clean sheet in the Rams' official opening game on Sunday, blocking all five shots that she faced, earning the Rams a 2-0 win at Liberty. After a slow first half, Sanderson anchored the Rams defense, holding the Flames scoreless through 90 minutes of play. Going back to the Rams final game of the 2016 season, Sanderson now has turned in two shutouts in a row. 

Petit, an Akron, Ohio, product, found the back of the net three times in the Bills' opening pair of games. Against the RedHawks, the rookie netted her first collegiate goal in the 39th minute, giving SLU a 3-0 win. She then tallied two first-half goals in a 3-0 victory over Vanderbilt. 

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