AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: September 4-September 9, 2018
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Lucas Pereira, F, Sr., UT Tyler
UT Tyler senior forward Lucas Pereira (Barcelona, Spain) netted three goals on the weekend to earn his fourth career Player of the Week award. Pereira scored just 49 seconds into a 3-0 win against Texas College on Friday. He followed up with both goals, including a penalty kick, in a 2-1 win against Rhodes on Sunday.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Bryant Botello, GK, Sr., East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist senior goalkeeper Bryant Botello (Spring, Texas) did not allow a goal in 135 minutes in front of the net. He shut out Berry 1-0, recording five saves on the road. At Birmingham-Southern, Botello came up with one save in scoreless first half. This is Botello’s second career Player of the Week honors.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Louisiana College freshman forward Leo Uromovski (Gothenburg, Sweden) scored both of the Wildcats’ goals in a 5-2 loss against Spring Hill Thursday.
East Texas Baptist sophomore forward Silas Sangano (Kigoma, Tanzania) scored the Tigers’ only goal in a 1-0 win at Berry.
McMurry senior forward Rafael Lara (Houston, Texas) scored the game-tying goal against Jarvis Christian in the 74th minute to send the game to overtime. Lara also scored in a 3-1 win against Southwest.
UT Dallas sophomore forward Donny Smith (Katy, Texas) scored the Comets’ lone goal in a 1-1 draw with Hardin-Simmons in San Antonio Saturday.
Ozarks senior forward Thomas Ross (Heath, Texas) scored for the Eagles in a 1-1 tie against Williams Baptist on Saturday.
Belhaven senior forward Alex Hale (Walsall, England) scored two goals on the week, one each in a loss to Hendrix and a tie against Millsaps.
LeTourneau freshman Luis De La Torre (San Antonio, Texas) recorded a goal and an assist for the YellowJackets with four shots on goal.
Hardin-Simmons freshman Kiko Redondo (Coppell, Texas) scored the Cowboys’ goal in a 1-1 tie against UT Dallas.
UT Dallas sophomore goalkeeper John Nicknish (Spring, Texas) made three saves in the Comets’ 1-1 double-overtime tie against Hardin-Simmons in San Antonio.
LeTourneau freshman defender David Egbe (Palestine, Texas) played all 290 minutes on the defensive backline for the YellowJackets.
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior defender Steven Dang (Plano, Texas) led the No. 16 Cru’s efforts as they went 2-0 in Atlanta. He scored a goal and played 88 minutes as a defender in a 4-3 win at Oglethorpe. Dang followed with the game-winning goal against Covenant on a header in a 1-0 shutout. The Cru played the final 24:39 a man down in the win.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Games: September 4-9, 2018
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Stephanie White, F, Jr., UT Dallas
UT Dallas junior forward Stephanie White (San Diego, Calif.) tallied three goals as she sparked the Comets to a pair of home victories over the weekend. White scored the equalizer just 62 seconds into the second half in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Redlands. She then added two goals in the second half in Sunday’s 4-0 out of Lesley.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kristen Wunder, D, Sr., LeTourneau
LeTourneau senior defender Kristen Wunder (Anthem, Ariz.) played all 290 minutes for the YellowJackets, who went 2-0-1 on the week. Wunder’s defensive effort helped limit opponents to just one goal on the week in a double-overtime tie at Rhodes, along with two shutouts and a total of 23 shots allowed.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
East Texas Baptist sophomore forward Ashleigh Rondon (Carrollton, Texas) recorded seven points in two matches with two goals and three assists as the Tigers went 1-1 on the week. She had a goal and three assists in a 5-0 win over Austin, then scored the lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Rhodes.
LeTourneau freshman forward Reagan Sandford (Gastonia, N.C.) continued her hot start to her collegiate career, adding a goal in all three games for the YellowJackets and moving her streak to five. Her goal at Rhodes secured a 1-1 draw. She also scored a goal and added an assist in the wins against MUW and Southwestern Assemblies of God.
Concordia Texas junior forward Pamela Lasprilla (Kyle, Texas) secured the Tornados’ 3-2 victory over Our Lady of the Lake with the game-winning goal in the second minute of overtime on Sunday.
Ozark’s freshman midfielder Camyren Antu (Arlington, Texas) scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Westminster (Mo.) on Saturday. The score came in the 25th minute.
Hardin-Simmons senior forward Kenne Kessler (Highland Village, Texas) scored a goal and had a header that was deflected as an own goal as the No. 4 Cowgirls topped No. 12 Trinity 2-0.
East Texas Baptist junior goalkeeper Karrigan Falber (Spring, Texas) went 1-1 on the week, posting four saves in 72 minutes in a 5-0 shutout against Austin. She recorded three saves in the first half in a loss to Rhodes.
UT Dallas senior keeper Monica Dallacasa (The Woodlands, Texas) made a total of eight saves in the Comets’ pair of home victories. She had six saves in UTD’s 2-1 comeback win over Redlands on Saturday. Dallacasa then had two saves Sunday in a 4-0 win over Lesley. For the weekend she had 0.50 goals against average, and an 88.9 save percentage.
Concordia Texas senior defender Skylar Larkin (Liberty Hill, Texas) helped the Tornados to a 3-2 victory at Our Lady of the Lake Sunday. She helped hold the Saints scoreless in the final 30 minutes of the second half.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE CROSS COUNTRY RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
Meets: September 8, 2018
MEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Nathaneal Rankin, So., Ozarks
Ozarks sophomore Nathaneal Rankin (Plano, Texas) had a ninth-place finish at the 5K UCA Cross Country Challenge, running a 16:53.7. He finished behind seven NCAA Division I runners and one from an NAIA institution, helping the Eagles to a fifth-place team finish.
WOMEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Hannah Smith, Sr., Ozarks
Ozarks senior Hannah Smith (Blue Eye, Mo.) paced the Eagles with a time of 20:23.6 to finish 15th at the UCA Cross Country Challenge against numerous NCAA Division I runners to claim her second career Runner of the Week honors. Her 5K time was the fourth-fastest in program history.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Concordia Texas senior Dylan Zoch (Giddings, Texas) had the fastest time of any Tornado runner at the Our Lady of the Lake Invitational. He finished 33rd overall in the 8,000-meter race in 30:02.9.
Concordia Texas freshman Meghan Kevil (Crawford, Texas) ran the fastest time for the Tornados as the Our Lady of the Lake Invitational in San Antonio Saturday. She finished in 25th place with a 5K time of 22:39.6 in her second collegiate meet.
American Southwest Conference Football Players of the Week
Games: September 8, 2018
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jaquan Hemphill, RB, Sr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons senior running back Jaquan Hemphill (Coleman, Texas) ran for 258 yards, and two touchdowns as the No. 10 Cowboys topped Trinity 42-33 on the road. Hemphill had 27 carries for an average of 9.6 yards per run for his third Player of the Week award of his career.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Markeith Miller, RB, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior running back Markeith Miller (Garland, Texas) set a school record with six rushing touchdowns despite sitting out most of the second half in the second-ranked Cru’s 91-7 victory at Albright. He had 21 carries for 97 yards and helped UMHB break the ASC record for points and total touchdowns (13) while tying the record for rushing TDs (9). It is Miller’s second career Player of the Week award.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – James Bell, LB, So., Texas Lutheran
Texas Lutheran sophomore linebacker James Bell (Houston, Texas) had an interception in the end zone to thwart a Hendrix scoring chance in the third quarter in the Bulldogs’ 19-14 win over the Warriors. He grabbed a pass deflection from a teammate and put a foot down in the corner of the end zone to complete the pick. Bell also had a fumble recovery and eight tackles as the TLU held Hendrix to 197 yards.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – K.J. Miller, PR, So., Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore punt returner K.J. Miller (Orange, Texas) averaged 62.5 yards per punt return, including a 65-yarder for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Miller also had two receptions for 69 yards with a 61-yard touchdown.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
Southwestern sophomore running back Kalon Heim (Alvarado, Texas) recorded 24 carries for 171 yards, and a touchdown in the Pirates’ 37-6 ASC win at McMurry.
Texas Lutheran junior wide receiver Charles Robinson (Frisco, Texas) scored the game-winning touchdown on a 24-yard pass in the fourth quarter to give the Bulldogs a 19-14 victory over Hendrix. He finished with five catches for 89 yards, including a 30-yard reception that he took down to the Warrior two-yard line that set up a score in the second quarter.
Southwestern sophomore safety Rosario Hernandez (El Paso, Texas) had four tackles, two pass breakups and a 24-yard interception in the Pirates’ 37-6 ASC victory at McMurry.
Howard Payne junior linebacker Britt Boler (Midland, Texas) led the Yellow Jackets with 11 tackles and had a tackle for a loss of a yard in their loss at George Fox.
McMurry sophomore linebacker Josh Smith (Bossier City, La.) led the War Hawks with 14 tackles, eight solos, with three tackles for a loss and a forced fumble in a loss to Southwestern.
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore safety Jefferson Fritz (Kaufman, Texas) intercepted two passes to set up touchdowns as he led a defense that allowed just 140 yards of total offense in the No. 2 Cru’s 91-7 win at Albright. Fritz also had two pass breakups and two solo tackles.
Louisiana College sophomore linebacker Julius Johnson (Kaplan, La.) put in a stellar effort on defense against NCAA FCS opponent Alcorn State with 13 tackles and a tackle for loss.
Hardin-Simmons senior linebacker Chris Miller (San Marcos, Texas) helped lead the No. 10 Cowboys to a 42-33 win over Trinity by not allowing a first down in the fourth quarter. He had 11 tackles, including one for a loss, a pass breakup, and a quarterback hurry.
Howard Payne junior kick returner DunTayviun Gross (Tyler, Texas) returned four kickoffs for 96 yards with a long of 42 and had five catches for 44 yards in the Yellow Jackets’ 35-3 loss at George Fox.
Texas Lutheran freshman punter Justice Porter (Houston, Texas) handled every snap and punted six times for an average of 37.3 yards under wet and slippery conditions in the Bulldogs’ 19-14 win over Hendrix. He had a long of 57 yards with three punts inside the 20-yard line.
Louisiana College senior punter Matthew Guth (Shreveport, La.) averaged 38.5 yards per punt on ten attempts with two inside the 20 yards line and a long of 51 yards in the Wildcats’ loss at Alcorn State.
Hardin-Simmons sophomore kicker Jamie Pogue (Abilene, Texas) was 6-for-6 in extra point attempts in the No. 10 Cowboys’ 42-33 victory at Trinity.