Veterans roll up Player of the Week Honors
Keri Zwikker looks to make a significant dent in the A-Sun record books
Keri Zwikker looks to make a significant dent in the A-Sun record books

Monday, September 22, 2008

MACON, Ga. - Preseason All-Conference pick Keri Zwikker earned Women's Soccer Player of the Week and Mercer's Heather Manting picked up her second Defensive Player of the Week honor of 2008 the conference announced Monday.

Jacksonville's Zwikker scored three goals on the weekend to help the Dolphins to a perfect 2-0 record at the Crimson Tide Classic. The Woodstock, Ontario native scored her 43rd career goal in a 2-0 win against Mississippi Valley State on Friday.

The senior exercise science major added her first multi-goal game of the season by scoring twice against Chattanooga in a 3-0 win on Sunday. She passed FIU's Cindy Greenman for the eighth most goals scored (45) in A-Sun history. Named to the Crimson Tide Classic all-tournament team for her efforts, Zwikker moved into the A-Sun's top 10 in career points (110).

Manting has been solid at the back all year for the Bears, but against Georgia State on Sunday, she was exceptional. Up against the nation's leading scorer in GSU goal machine Kay Harbrueger, Manting was at the heart of an outstanding defensive effort that shut out the NCAA's top scorer, not allowing a single shot on goal from the Panthers.

The team's vocal leader on the field, the Lilburn, Ga. native not only kept the team organized, she got the best out of her teammates, as she inspired her team to their first win over Georgia State since 2000. Despite clashing heads with an opponent in the first half of a hard-fought rivalry match, Manting showed her grit and determination by continuing to play through the pain because she knew how important the match was to her team. Heather provided an intelligent, calming influence to her young teammates, and her leadership helped the team take a big step forward for the season.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most 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 (So. - GK - Webster Groves, Mo. - Pyschology) - Garavaglia registered two shutouts in two games this week. She led the team to a 3-0 win against Florida Atlantic for their irst win over Owls since 1999. Made seven saves in the game. Played 110 minutes and made 10 saves in 0-0 tie with Liberty on Sunday.

Bridget Gaughan, Kennesaw State (Jr. - D - Powder Springs, Ga. - Nursing) - Held College of Charleston’s Megan Manthey, who was on Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week last week, scoreless; helped hand Charleston their first loss of the season; In KSU's third shutout held Cougars to only 12 shots total and only 3 shots on goal

Catherine Nolff, Upstate (So. - D - Irmo, S.C. - Marketing) - Nolff has been an important catalyst for the Spartan defense thus far in the season. She has started and played in each of the Spartans games this season and made numerous important stops and blocks on opposing offenders. Nolff made numerous sliding plays in the Spartans 2-1 win on Friday night to provide the USC Upstate women with their second win of the season.

A-Sun Weekly Notes
The Lady Bisons are unbeaten in their last two games with a 2-2 tie in double overtime on Friday at Arkansas-Pine Bluff and a 2-0 win on Sunday at Jackson St. Sophomore forwards Halie Proffitt and Kate Spellman each scored two goals with one in each game. The Lady Bisons open the Atlantic Sun Conference portion of the season Tuesday night when Belmont visits. They play Campbell Thursday night.

Stetson had a good week extending its unbeaten streak to four games with a 3-0 shutout against Florida Atlantic and a 0-0 tie with Liberty University. A pair of sophomores led the way for the Hatters. Goalkeeper Andrea Garavaglia registered a pair of shutouts and making 17 saves in the process. Forward Tessa Gavilsky, last week’s A-Sun Player of the Week continued her solid play. Against FAU she scored one goal and assisted on the other two solidifying her position at the top of the A-Sun individual rankings with 13 points.