Sept. 7, 2009
Three Conference USA women's soccer student-athletes were first-time recipients of C-USA Player of the Week honors. Marshall senior Molly Snead netted both game-winning goals for the Herd this weekend as the team is off to its best start in school history at 5-0. UAB's Marie Yempuku has also been a key member of the Blazers' best start in school history at 6-0. She earned MVP honors at the Outrigger Hotel & Resorts Classic. She shares Defensive Player of the Week honors with UCF keeper Lynzee Lee, who was credited with a pair of shutouts against LSU and FIU.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MOLLY SNEAD, MARSHALL
Senior, F/MF, Cincinnati, Ohio
Snead tallied the game-winning goal in both of the Herd's victories this weekend. On Friday, she scored the lone goal in a 1-0 shutout of Winthrop. Sunday, the senior continuously blew past the Winthrop defenders and had a total of five shots on goal, including the GWG to start the second half, in the 2-0 win. The pair of victories improved MU to 5-0 on the season (the best start in school history). Snead is now tied for second on Marshall's all-time list for game winning goals with five.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MARIE YEMPUKU, UAB
Junior, D, Honolulu, Hawaii
Yempuku, a team captain and a key part of UAB's defensive unit, was honored as the Most Valuable Player at the Outrigger Hotel & Resorts Soccer Classic. The tournament was held in Yempuku's hometown of Honolulu. In addition to her defensive efforts, Yempuku also scored her first goal of the season and the third of her career when she knocked in the game-winning shot in the 70th minute in the 2-1 win against Pacific. The Blazers also shutout host Hawaii, 2-0, to continue with their best start in school history at 6-0.
LYNZEE LEE, UCF
Senior, D, Kailspell, Mont.
Lee did not allow a goal all weekend at the USF Tournament for a pair of shutouts against LSU and Florida International. On Friday, Lee turned aside all eight shots LSU put on net in 110:00 minutes of work for a 0-0 tie. Sunday, Lee made one save to help the Knights claim a 5-0 victory. With nine saves in the two shutouts, Lee now has a .938 save percentage this year along with a 0.37 goals-against average.