Oct. 24—DALLAS — WKU's Katie Erwin, MTSU's Lauren Spaanstra and Sam Houston's Savannah Hall earned Conference USA Women's Soccer Player of the Week honors, presented by Blenders Eyewear.
Erwin was named Offensive Player of the Week after she netted the game-winner to lift the Lady Tops (6-3-7, 4-1-2 CUSA) to a 1-0 decision over Liberty on Saturday.
Spaanstra garnered Defensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts in the Blue Raiders' (5-9-3, 1-5-1 CUSA) 3-0 shutout of Jax State, in which she also tallied a pair of assists.
Hall grabbed her second Goalkeeper of the Week award after registering a clean sheet in the Bearkats' (5-6-3, 3-3-1 CUSA) scoreless draw with NM State on Sunday.
Offensive Player of the Week — Katie Erwin, WKU — Graduate — Louisville, Ky.
Erwin logged her sixth goal of the season and her third game-winner on the year with a 51st minute score to knock off Liberty on the road. After her first shot bounced off the post, her follow-up effort found the back of the net for the lone goal of the match. During conference play, Erwin ranks second in the league in goals (four) and points (10), and her two game-winning goals are tied for the most in CUSA.
Defensive Player of the Week — Lauren Spaanstra, MTSU — Senior — Franklin, Tenn.
Spaanstra anchored a Blue Raider back line that kept Jax State — who came in ranked in the top-40 nationally in goals, assists and points per game — off the scoreboard and limited the Gamecocks to just eight shots. She also tallied a pair of assists on set-piece opportunities in the fifth and 55th minutes. Spaanstra is tied for the league lead with four assists in conference matches.
Goalkeeper of the Week — Savannah Hall, Sam Houston — Making her first start since Sept. 24, Hall became the first CUSA goalkeeper to record a clean sheet against NM State after keeping the Aggies off the scoresheet on Sunday. She made all four of her saves in the second half as the Bearkats faced 12 shots from the high-powered NMSU attack in the final 45 minutes. Hall was forced to stop three attempts on goal in a five-minute span from the 69th to 74th minutes.