Historic Win Leads Two Jaguars to Sun Belt Soccer Players of the Week Honors
NEW ORLEANS - The South Alabama Jaguars earned a historic win on Monday afternoon and that program first led to two USA players being honored as this weeks Sun Belt Women's Soccer Players of the Week.
The Jaguars hosted top-ranked Florida State on Monday and came away with a 1-0 win over the top-ranked Seminoles, USA's first victory over FSU in eight tries. The win marked the first time the program has defeated a ranked opponent and also the first time a Sun Belt women's soccer program has knocked off the top team in the country.
USA had been outscored 15-0 in the last three matches against the Seminoles before Monday's shut out. FSU outshot the Jaguars 28-5 but only eight of those 28 shots made it on goal.
Chardé Hannah, a forward, and Hannah Godfrey, a defender, earned this week's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week awards, respectively, following their performances against Mississippi State and No. 1 Florida State.
Hannah picked up the matches lone goal in the first half and Godfrey and the defense kept the Seminole attack at bay as Hannah's brace ended up being the game-winner.
USA will look to continue the early week success as they head out on the road this weekend to face Austin Peay (Friday) and another ranked opponent in Ole Miss on Sunday.
Appalachian State also picked up a historic win over the weekend as the Mountaineers earned a program first - a win over a “Power Five” school - as the Mountaineers defeated Maryland, 2-1, on Sunday. The Mountaineers will host No. 15 Texas Tech this Sunday at 12 p.m. CT in Boone.
August 30 (Tuesday)
Little Rock 6, UAPB 2
Georgia State 0, Jacksonville State 0
Troy 4, Alabama State 1
September 1 (Thursday)
Central Arkansas 1, Arkansas State 0 (2OT)
Elon 2, Coastal Carolina 1
September 2 (Friday)
Liberty 3, Appalachian State 2
UL Monroe 1, Nicholls State 0
Georgia State 1, Alabama A&M 0
New Mexico State 1, Texas State 0
UL Lafayette 4, Lamar 1
No. 14 Texas A&M 1, Little Rock 0
Mississippi State 2, South Alabama 1
UT Martin 2, Troy 1
September 2 (Saturday)
Georgia Southern 3, Winthrop 2
September 4 (Sunday)
Appalachian State 2, Maryland 1
Central Arkansas 2, UL Monroe 0
Western Ky. 4, Georgia State 0
Murray State 1, Arkansas State 1
UTEP 1, Texas State 0
College of Charleston 3, Coastal Carolina 0
UL Lafayette 3, Southeastern Louisiana 1
No. 19 Ole Miss 1, Troy 0
September 5 (Monday)
South Alabama 1, No. 1 Florida State 0
September 9 (Friday)
Appalachian State at Gardner-Webb - 6:00 PM
Kennesaw State at Georgia Southern - 6:00 PM
UL Lafayette at McNeese State - 6:00 PM
Troy at Mercer - 6:00 PM
Mississippi Valley State at Little Rock - 7:00 PM
UL Monroe at Louisiana Tech - 7:00 PM
South Alabama at Austin Peay - 7:00 PM
Stephen F. Austin at Texas State - 7:00 PM
September 11 (Sunday)
South Florida at Georgia Southern - 11:00 AM
Texas Tech at Appalachian State - 12:00 PM
Kansas State at Little Rock - 1:00 PM
Mississippi Valley State at Arkansas State - 1:00 PM
UL Lafayette at Mississippi State - 1:00 PM
UL Monroe at McNeese State - 1:00 PM
South Alabama at Ole Miss - 1:00 PM
Northwestern State at Texas State - 1:00 PM
Georgia State at SE Louisiana - 1:00 PM
Troy at Florida State - 3:00 PM
Coastal Carolina at Jacksonville - 4:00 PM
* - Denotes Conference Match | All times central
WEEK 3 SUN BELT CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
South Alabama | JR | F
Hannah scored a first-half goal against FSU which ended up being the game-winner for the Jaguars as they knocked off the top-ranked team on Monday. The win is the Jaguars’ first over a ranked opponent, and ends an eight-game losing streak to the Seminoles. Hannah tallied two shots in the win, with the one shot finding the back of the net. She also added two shots in Friday night’s loss to Mississippi State.
WEEK 3 SUN BELT CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
South Alabama | SO | DEF
Godfrey played all 90 minutes at center back in the Jaguars’ 1-0 defeat of No. 1 Florida State. Despite the Seminoles’ 28 shots, just eight found the target as Godfrey helped repel wave after wave of the FSU attack. Florida State was averaging 2.33 goals per match entering the contest but was shut out for the first time in 2016. On Friday against Mississippi State, Godfrey attempted three shots, putting one of those on net.
PREVIOUS STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
08.23 - OFF. Player: Erin Settle, Applachian State | DEF. Player: Becca Austin, Coastal Carolina
08.30 - OFF. Player: Harrison Hayworth, Little Rock | DEF. Player: Sara Small, Little Rock
09.06 - OFF. Player: Chardé Hannah, South Alabama | DEF. Player: Hannah Godfrey, South Alabama
AROUND THE SUN BELT CONFERENCE