From the Sun Belt Conference
Mallory Outerbridge of Western Kentucky has been named the Sun Belt Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday.
Outerbridge scored three goals last weekend, passing Jenna Silverberg as WKU's all-time leader in goals scored with 35. The redshirt-senior broke the Lady Toppers' scoring record Friday night, as her goal in the 61st minute gave WKU a 1-0 win over UALR and her 33rd of her career.
Outerbridge then came up big, late in Sunday's match against Arkansas State. Trailing 2-1 with less than six minutes remaining in regulation, the Lady Toppers got the ball to Outerbridge who got behind the Red Wolves' defense and tied the match at 2-2, sending it into overtime.
Outerbridge then scored five minutes into the second overtime, knocking in a Christen Sims cross from inside the six-yard box. The senior forward now has 10 goals on the season, matching her total from a season ago. She leads the Sun Belt in goals and is tied for the conference lead in points with 23.
The Player of the Week award is the second award earned by Outerbridge this season and the first two-time winner this season.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
· The Red Wolves are led by freshman Jessica Jingblad who has already turned in the sixth-best single-season scoring performance in ASU soccer history with 14 points. Ashley McMurtry's six assists on the season ranks 39th nationally.
· Denver is currently riding an 18-game winning streak in the Sun Belt Conference. DU's last SBC loss came on Oct. 18, 2009, when the Pioneers fell 3-1 at UALR.
· DU's Kristen Hamilton earned her second National Team of the Week honor after scoring two goals in Friday's double-overtime win at Louisiana-Lafayette.
· Middle Tennessee's Rebecca Cushing, made her return to the cage on Sunday and was not challenged, garnering her 14th career shutout which tied her with Kela Casiple (2007-08) for second place among all-time Blue Raiders.
· FAU improved to 5-1-1 at home this season and is 8-2-3 in home conference openers under Head Coach Brian Dooley following the draw against USA.
· Louisiana-Lafayette goalkeeper Amanda Moorefield is two wins shy of establishing the program record for victories. Moorefield currently has 15 career victories and has a chance this weekend to surpass the current record of 16 held by Kristen Malen (‘04-07) and Stephanie Weston (‘05-08).