METUCHEN, NJ – A trio of United Women’s Soccer (UWS) stars crossed paths when it came to this week’s edition of the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week. Florida Gulf Coast University forward Evdokia Popadinova (Santa Clarita Blue Heat), Xavier University midfielder Samantha Dewey (Indiana Union) and Florida State University midfielder Jenna Nighswonger (LA Galaxy OC) were named to the TDS honor roll. Popadinova was also named the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week as she scored seven points (3g, 1a) in a pair of victories for FGCU. Dewey continues to be recognized by the BIG EAST this fall with another appearance on the Weekly Honor Roll after netting another two goals in back-to-back wins.
University of Colorado midfielder Taylor Kornieck (LA Galaxy OC) helped the Buffaloes to a pair of victories to close out non-conference play this past week, topping in-state rivals Northern Colorado and Denver. The Pac-12 Conference selected Kornieck as the Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts. University of South Dakota midfielder Alexis Mitchell (Lansing United) helped the Coyotes win an impressive three road matches, with two of them coming thanks to her game-winning goals. The 2019 All-UWS selection notched the game-winning goal at Drake in the 88th minute and scored a golden goal on a header in the box off a corner kick in overtime at Wyoming. Mitchell’s heroics led her to be honored as The Summit League Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
The weekly awards in the Mid-American Conference was dominated by UWS alumnae. A pair of GRFC Women standouts garnered top individual honors as University of Toledo forward Stephanie Currie was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week while UT goalkeeper Madison Perrin nabbed the MAC Defensive Player of the Week award. Currie became the ninth player in program history to record a hat trick in the Rockets’ 4-0 win over Detroit Mercy, and just the second player in the last six years. Perrin secured her 10th shutout of her career, tying for the fourth-most shutouts in program history. Ball State goalkeeper Alex DeRuvo (AFC Ann Arbor), Buffalo goalkeeper Emily Kelly (WNY Flash) and Central Michigan goalkeeper Zoie Reed (Lansing United) were recognized as Top Performers by the conference.
Campbell University defender Callie Beckwith (Syracuse DA) was selected as the Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Beckwith anchored a backline that posted its fifth shutout this season and its second in as many matches. University of Memphis midfielder Mya Jones (Calgary Foothills Women’s FC) has had a great start to her collegiate career, as the two-time American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week honoree was named to the Weekly Honor Roll after scoring her second goal of the season in a 3-0 win over Iowa State. Robert Morris goalkeeper Sydney Bruckner (Lancaster Inferno) was once again recognized as a Prime Performer by the Northeast Conference in a 1-0 shutout win.