College Soccer News: A Knight and a Red Raider named Disney Soccer/NSCAA Players of the Week
UCF junior forward Deshorn Brown and Texas Tech freshman forward Janine Beckie have each been named Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week.
Brown recorded a stellar 11 points last week in the Knights’ two games. The Manchester, Jamaica, native started the week with a hat trick and an assist in UCF’s 4-3 double-overtime win over Memphis, though he sat out the first half due to injury. He followed up with a pair of goals against UAB. He leads Conference USA with 29 points on 13 goals and 3 assists and earned his first league Offensive Player of the Week award.
During the 2012 summer Brown played for Reading AC in the USL PDL and was one of eleven players named to the All-League Team. During the regular season, he scored 13 goals in 13 game for Reading. Before transferring to UCF, Brown attended University of Mobile where he was a two-time NAIA All-America First Team selection.
Beckie tallied a pair of goals in Texas Tech’s 2-0 shutout over Oklahoma State in last Friday’s NSCAA College Game of the Week. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native’s two goals brought her season total to a team-leading 11, which leads all freshmen in the conference. Additionally, Beckie recorded her fourth game-winning goal and her second multi-goal game of the year.
The Valor Christian High School alumna was named the 2012 Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year and was a member of the 2009 and 2010 Colorado High School All-Pioneer League team. Beckie was the leading scorer for her REAL Colorado U16 Regional Championship team in 2010 and a member of the U.S. U18 Women’s National Team in 2011-2012.
|UCF junior forward Deshorn Brown
|| Texas Tech freshman forward Janine Beckie
The Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Players of the Week are announced every Wednesday. Two players, one male and one female, are selected by a committee from nominations submitted by NCAA Division I conferences.
The winners will also be recognized during the two NSCAA College Game of the Week broadcasts this weekend on FOX Soccer.
This week’s other men’s finalists included senior forward Ryan Finley (Notre Dame), sophomore goalkeeper Nathan Dean (Elon) and freshman forward Jay Chapman (Michigan State).
This week’s other women's finalists included junior midfielder/forward Janali West (Cal State Fullerton) and freshman forward Jamie Alexander (Furman).
2012 Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week Winners
| ||Men's Winner||Women's Winner|
||Sean Okoli (Wake Forest)
||Tiffany Cameron (Ohio State)
||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)
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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