Campbell’s Ekblom Scores Player of the Week Honors
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Monday, September 14, 2009

MACON, Ga. - Campbell’s Olga Ekblom earned A-Sun Player of the Week honors on the strength of a three-point weekend, and Kennesaw State’s Jade Dempster captured the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week award as the Owls shut out Mercer in the conferene opener.

Ekblom, an international business major from Stockholm, Sweden, assisted on the game-tying goal in the 58th minute, and netted the winner 10 minutes later in a 2-1 victory against VMI. Two of the sophomore forward’s three goals this year have resulted in game-winning goals, and the 2008 Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team member has already surpassed her goal and point totals from a year ago. Campbell is off to its best six-game start (3-3-0) since the 2004 squad that posted a 2-1-3 mark after six matches.

Dempster helped Kennesaw State defeat Mercer in the A-Sun Game of the Week to open up conference play. The freshman defender scored her second goal in the last two games and helped limit Mercer to seven shots. The Bears entered the contest ranking third in the league averaging 13.4 shots per game. The Camberley, Surrey, England native handed Mercer its second shutout of the year - they came into the match ranking third in the A-Sun in goals at 1.80 per game. Dempster also held Preseason All-Atlantic Sun selection Olivia Tucker to zero shots when she began play ranking first in the conference in shots per game and held Sara Elliott (fourth in goals) scoreless. With the win, the Owls improved to 7-0-0 record all-time in the series.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.

Other Top Performers

Andrea Garavaglia, Stetson (Jr. - GK - Webster Groves, Mo. - Psychology) -- Registered the shutout in Stetson's 1-0 win against Jackson State in the Port City Classic, her fourth of the season, equaling last season's total.

Katherine Correllus, FGCU (So. - D - Merritt Island, Fla. - Undeclared) -- Correllus led the Eagles’ defense to extend their unbeaten streak to five. Correllus anchored the Eagles defense which only allowed four shots all weekend, one on goal. In the two wins this past weekend, the Eagles outshot their opponents 49-4.

Tessa Gavilsky, Stetson (Jr. - F - Granite City, Ill. - Integrative Health Science) -- Scored Stetson's game-winning goal in a 1-0 win versus Jackson State. Although it did not count in the end, she assisted on the game's lone goal against South Alabama before unplayable conditions cancelled the game.

Olivia Elias, FGCU (So. - M - Coral Springs, Fla. - Sports Medicine) -- Elias recorded the game winner against Palm Beach Atlantic and her 13 shots led the Eagles offense as they went 2-0-0 last week to extend their unbeaten streak to five straight games. 

Eva Leeper, Jacksonville (Fr. - F - Weston, Fla. - Education) -- Scored her team-leading third goal of the season in Sunday’s overtime win versus Jackson State.