Maryland and Rutgers Earn Weekly Women’s Soccer Awards

Terrapins’ Loren Sefcik and Scarlet Knights’ Amirah Ali, Meagan McClelland and Madison Pogarch are this week’s honorees

 

Offensive Player of the Week

Amirah Ali, Rutgers

F – So. – Voorhees, N.J. – Eastern Regional

• Scored the golden goal in both of Rutgers’ Big Ten wins last week as the Scarlet Knights moved atop the conference standings with victories over No. 14 Northwestern and Illinois

• Connected in the 97th minute of the Oct. 4 win over NU, and scored in the 98th minute of Sunday’s win over the Fighting Illini

• Has had a hand in all five of Rutgers’ golden goals this season, scoring four times and assisting on the fifth

• Earns her first career Offensive Player of the Week honor

• Last Rutgers Offensive Player of the Week: Brittany LaPlant (Oct. 17, 2017)

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Madison Pogarch, Rutgers

D – Sr. – Hartland, Mich. – Hartland

• Played every minute for a Scarlet Knights’ backline that posted overtime shutouts against Big Ten opponents Northwestern and Illinois last week

• Helped Rutgers remain unbeaten in nine overtime games this season (5-0-4 record), including its last eight outings (5-0-3)

• Has been named a candidate for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award

• Garners her first career Defensive Player of the Week honor

• Last Rutgers Defensive Player of the Week: Casey Murphy (Oct. 24, 2017)

 

Goalkeeper of the Week

Meagan McClelland, Rutgers

GK – Fr. – Kearny, N.J. – Kearny

• Made a combined seven saves last week to earn a pair of shutouts as Rutgers prevailed in overtime against Big Ten foes Northwestern and Illinois

• Tied her career high with five saves in the Oct. 4 win over No. 14 Northwestern

• Added two stops, including a critical save in overtime, to secure Sunday’s victory over Illinois

• Receives her first career Goalkeeper of the Week accolade

• Last Rutgers Goalkeeper of the Week: N/A (new award in 2018)

 

Freshman of the Week

Loren Sefcik, Maryland

M/F – Medina, Ohio – Medina

• Scored the game-winning goal in Maryland’s 2-1 victory over Big Ten foe (and 14th-ranked) Northwestern on Sunday

• Connected in the 34th minute to record her first career goal

• Fueled the Terrapins’ first win over a top-15 opponent since Sept. 22, 2013 (1-0 vs. No. 6/3 Wake Forest)

• Collects her first career Freshman of the Week award

• Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Mikayla Dayes (Aug. 29, 2017)

 

2018 Big Ten Players of the Week

Aug. 21

O: Sadie Misiewicz, Jr., MSU

D: Kayla Sharples, Sr., NU

GK: Claire Graves, Jr., IOWA

F: Makena Silber, ILL

 

Aug. 28

O: Kayla Fischer, Fr., OSU

D: Sinclaire Miramontez, Jr., NEB

GK: Mackenzie Wood, Fr., NU

F: Mackenzie Wood, NU

F: Kayla Fischer, OSU

 

Sept. 4

O: Annelie Leitner, Sr., IND

D: Michaela Kovacs, Jr., MSU

GK: Reilley Ott, Jr., MSU

F: Emaly Vatne, OSU

 

Sept. 11

O: Brenna Lovera, Sr., NU

D: Julietta Thron, Fr., NU

GK: Rachel Egyed, Sr., MD

F: Marisa Bova, PUR

 

Sept. 18

O: Dani Rhodes, Jr., WIS

D: Claudia Day, Gr., IND

GK: Aubrei Corder, Jr., NEB

F: Kim Dubs, PSU

 

Sept. 25

O: Faith Carter, Sr., NEB

D: Izzy Rodriguez, So., OSU

GK: Devon Kerr, Sr., OSU

F: Mackenzie Wood, NU

 

Oct. 2

O: Izzy Rodriguez, So., OSU

D: Hannah Mussallem, Sr., PUR

GK: Aubrei Corder, Jr., NEB

F: Meagan McClelland, RU

 

Oct. 9

O: Amirah Ali, So., RU

D: Madison Pogarch, Sr., RU

GK: Meagan McClelland, Fr., RU

F: Loren Sefcik, MD