College Soccer News: Ohio State’s Cameron and Wake Forest’s Okoli each honored as Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week
A combined 14 points and a hat trick are some highlights from Ohio State senior Tiffany Cameron and Wake Forest sophomore Sean Okoli, who have each been named Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week.
Cameron, a forward from Mississauga, Ontario, tallied eight points on four goals in the No. 25 Buckeyes’ wins over No. 17 Michigan and Michigan State. In competition last week, she posted her eighth game-winning goal and now owns the program’s single-season record in goals (16). She leads the Ohio State squad with 35 points on 16 goals and three assists.
In her previous three seasons with the Buckeyes, Cameron has 61 starts in 66 games, with 19 goals and 11 assists for 49 points. She has played with the Canadian U17 Women’s National Team, starting all four matches in the 2008 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, and helping the team to the quarterfinal round.
Okoli currently leads the team with 17 points on a team-leading eight goals and an assist. Last week, the Federal Way, Wash., native posted his first career hat trick in the No. 13 Demon Deacons’3-1 win over league opponent NC State. The hat trick was the sixth by an ACC player and second by a Wake Forest player this season.
In his freshman year, Okoli started 18 of the 21 games in which he played, notching four goals and three assists for 11 total points. He played his club soccer with the Seattle Sounders Academy and was the first Sounders Academy player to see action with the Sounders Reserves.
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.
|Ohio State's Tiffany Cameron
|| Wake Forest's Sean Okoli
This week’s other women’s finalists include senior forward Dana Larsen (Baylor), sophomore midfielder Darby Dustman (Lehigh) and sophomore forward Hannah Wilkinson (Tennessee).
The other men’s finalists were senior midfielder Sean de Silva (College of Charleston), junior defender Andrew Farrell (Louisville) and sophomore forward Giuseppe Gentile (Charlotte).
2012 Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week Winners
| ||Men's Winner||Women's Winner|
||Nate Sackeyfio (Washington)
||Renae Cuellar (Oklahoma)
||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)
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