College Soccer News: Sooners’ Cuellar and Huskies’ Sackeyfio take Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week award
Two seniors led their respective teams to earn the NSCAA’s weekly college honors, as Oklahoma forward Renae Cuellar and Washington forward Nate Sackeyfio were each named Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week.
Cuellar, who will be playing in this week’s NSCAA College Game of the Week (Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on FOX Soccer), posted two game-winning goals to lead the Sooners.
The La Puente, Calif., native started the week scoring the lone goal in Oklahoma’s win over conference foe Kansas last Friday. She then followed up on Sunday with a goal in the team’s 3-1 win against TCU.
Cuellar leads the Sooner squad with 19 points on a team-best nine goals and an assist.
Sackeyfio is in his first season as a Husky, as he transferred from Denver for his senior season. Last week, the Seattle, Wash., native scored his first two goals of the season in the team’s wins over then fifth-ranked UCLA and Stanford.
Against the Bruins, he scored the first goal of the contest on a flip throw from fellow Husky Michael Harris in the 13th minute. Washington would go on to the 2-1 win, which was the team’s first road victory of the season and snapped UCLA’s 16-game in-conference winning streak.
In the game against the Cardinal, Sackeyfio scored in exciting fashion when he headed the ball into the right corner of the net off a free kick from senior Ben Fisk to lead the team to a 2-0 victory.
The Huskies are 9-3-2 overall and unbeaten in the Pac-12 at 4-0-1.
The Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Player of the Week is announced every Wednesday. Two players, one male and one female, are selected by a committee from nominations submitted by NCAA Division I conferences.
Winners will also be recognized each week during NSCAA College Game of the Week broadcasts on FOX Soccer.
|Oklahoma's Renae Cuellar
|| Washington's Nate Sackeyfio
Other women’s finalists this week included junior goalkeeper Christiane Cordero (East Carolina), junior midfielder Eileen Maes (Long Beach State) and sophomore forward Taylor Uhl (Minnesota).
This week’s other men’s finalists included junior midfielder/defender Alex Henry (UC Davis), junior forward Steve Neumann (Georgetown), sophomore forward Carlos Dominguez Gonzalez (Wofford) and sophomore forward Robbie Kristo (Saint Louis).
2012 Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week Winners
| ||Men's Winner||Women's Winner|
||Ryan Finley (Notre Dame)
||Kate Schwindel (West Virginia)
||Jaimie Ibarra (SMU)
||Daphne Corboz (Georgetown)
||Chris Thomas (Elon)
||Frances Silva (West Virginia)
||James Belshaw (Duke)
||Caroline Miller (Virginia)
||Tim Hopkinson (Old Dominion)
||Kari Davidson (Washington)
||Ryan Finley (Notre Dame)
||Kristin Grubka (Florida State)
||Eriq Zavaleta (Indiana)
||Erika Tymrak (Florida)
||Kim DeCesare (Duke)
About the NSCAA: Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Kan., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community.
The NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game. The membership is primarily made up of coaches, but also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members ways to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.
For more information about the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, visit NSCAA.com.
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