#A10WSOC Weekly Awards Announced
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - VCU's Samantha Jerabek was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Peyton Ryan of Massachusetts earned Defensive Player of the Week honors, while Emma van der Vorst of George Mason and Hannah Friedrichs of Saint Louis shared Co-Rookie of the Week accolades. The awards are for the opening week of conference play, Sept. 17-23.
Jerabek, a midfielder, recorded a pair of goals and an assist in a 3-0 win over St. Bonaventure to open conference play, leading the team in shots (4) and shots on goal (3). The sophomore from Chesterfield, Va., then followed that up by scoring two more goals in a 3-1 win against George Mason, recording six shots, with two on goal. The goals were her sixth and seventh of the season.
Ryan, a senior keeper, pitched a pair of shutouts in 180 total minutes while being forced to make a total of seven saves on 14 shots faced in two wins against Duquesne and Rhode Island. Ryan also helped the defense turn away nine total corner attempts including six against the Dukes. The Marietta, Ga., native recorded her second and third solo clean sheets of the season while dropping her goals-against-average to 0.49 on the year.
van der Vorst netted the game-winning goal in Mason's 2-1 win against Dayton to open A-10 play, tallying four of six shots on goal. The freshman forward from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, scored for the seventh straight game against VCU, equaling the program record for goals in consecutive games. She joins Jenn Gross (1993) and Katy Robertson (1999-00) as the only Mason women's soccer players in program history to score a goal in seven straight
Friedrichs registered an assist in SLU's 2-0 win at Saint Joseph's to open the conference slate, then scored the game-tying goal in the Billikens' 2-1 win over Davidson. The Hazelwood, Mo., native had SLU season highs of nine shots and six shots on goal against Davidson.