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Impact Sweeps Big South Honors
W-League College Honors

W-League Feature 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
 
TAMPA, Fla. – Longwood midfielder Kelsey Pardue and Liberty goalkeeper Karen Blocker, teammates this past summer with the Fredericksburg Impact, were named Big South Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, leading the list of W-League standouts honored for their college performances in the past week.
 
Pardue scored three times and added two assists to lead Longwood to a 2-0 record in Big South play. She tallied two goals and two assists in a 4-0 win vs. UNC Asheville, and then scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Lancers a 2-1 win against Presbyterian College. 
 
Blocker recorded six saves and a posted a 0.50 goals-against average for Liberty. She got her week started with a pair of saves in Liberty's 5-1 win against Presbyterian College. Blocker made four saves as Liberty downed UNC Asheville, 2-0.
 
Penn State’s Maya Hayes captured Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after she netted three goals and an assist in Penn State victories at Northwestern (4-1) and at Illinois (4-0). Hayes, who helped the New Jersey Wildcats to a 6-2-4 W-League mark in 2012, tallied 10 shots and eight points for the No. 11 Nittany Lions to earn the fifth weekly award of her career.
 
Joining Hayes among the Big Ten honorees was University of Michigan goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer, named Defensive Player of the Week. A 2007 member of the W-League’s Michigan Hawks, Kopmeyer posted shutouts at Minnesota (1-0) and at No. 14 Wisconsin (3-0).
 
Former New York Magic goalkeeper Sandita McDermott was tabbed as Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week after stopping six shots as Bucknell overwhelmed Canisius 5-0. The senior helped lead the Bison to their fifth shutout of the season and increased her season save percentage to .803.
 
Jenna Richardson, a three-year member of the Vancouver Whitecaps, scored two goals and fired six shots in a 2-0 Oregon State win against Utah to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. She scored the go-ahead goal in the 35th minute and added an insurance goal in the 75th minute to propel Oregon State to victory in its Pac-12 opener. Richardson leads the Beavers with four goals this season, despite missing the first four games while participating in the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.
 
Former Vermont Voltage forward Frances Silva was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after she scored three goals, including both game-winners, as West Virginia took down Texas Tech and No. 7 Oklahoma State. Silva is tied for the Big 12 lead in points and has scored seven goals in the past four matches. Silva was joined by West Virginia teammate and Toronto Lady Lynx alum Bry McCarthy, who was named Defensive Player of the Week after assisting on Mallory Smith's goal to give WVU a 2-0 lead against Texas Tech and leading WVU’s back line to its fifth shutout of the season against Oklahoma State, allowing only three shots on goal against the defending Big 12 champions.
 
Laval Comets midfielder Kylie Davis, who plays collegiately for Memphis, was named Conference USA Co-Offensive Player of the Week after she netted a pair of game-winners, including the golden goal in the Tigers' 2-1 win against No. 6 UCF. Her goal against Southern Mississippi was her third game-winner of the season. The sophomore co-captain also recorded an assist in Sunday's match to finish the weekend with two goals and an assist.
 
Davis also led a list of four W-League alums named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week. She was joined by Kopmeyer, Silva and Michigan forward Nkem Ezurike (Laval Comets), who scored three goals to help the Wolverines continue their winning streak with a pair of victories against conference foes Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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