NEW ORLEANS (SunBeltSports.org) – Leading the nation's No. 1 ranked offense; Middle Tennessee's Kate Loye earned Sun Belt Conference Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Arkansas State's Ashley McMurtry was named Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
Loye, a native of Hamilton, New Zealand, played a pivotal role in Middle Tennessee's perfect weekend. The freshman completed the weekend with two goals and two assists for six points. Loye connected on an unassisted goal against the preseason favorite Panthers on Friday and notched an assist in Paige Goeglein's game-clinching goal.
Against the Owls, Loye once again scored an unassisted goal to start the match. She recorded the critical game-winning assist to Goeglein as the Blue Raiders defeated Florida Atlantic, 3-2, in overtime.
In the past six matches, Loye has totaled a team-best six goals and three assists for 15 points. Loye has gotten the Blue Raiders off to a 4-0-0 start in conference play, and will look to keep it going this weekend as they travel to Louisiana-Monroe on Friday and Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.
McMurtry, a midfielder from Plano, Texas, helped lead the Red Wolves to a pair of shutout victories over the weekend and picked up her fifth assist of the season. The senior provided an assist on Christina's Fink goal against ULL and helped anchor a defensive backfield that did not allow a single goal over the weekend.
The Red Wolves are a perfect 6-0 at home this season and have allowed just two goals in those home matches.
ASU will look to extend its two-game winning streak this weekend when it travels to Troy on Friday and South Alabama on Saturday.