Bucs and Bruins Kick-Off A-Sun Conference Slate with Wins

Monday, September 26, 2011

MACON, Ga. – Belmont and ETSU both opened the 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference slate with undefeated records as the Bruins’ Gretchen Sutch scored and assisted on the game-winners, while ETSU’s Caitlin Gaughan amassed 11 saves in shutout victories as the duo won the A-Sun Women’s Soccer weekly honors, announced Monday by the league office.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Gretchen Sutch, Belmont
(Sr. – Defender – Knoxville, Tenn. – Exercise Science)
• First Career Player of the Week award
• Totaled three points in the opening weekend of A-Sun conference play
• Scored the game-winner at Kennesaw State; assisted on overtime-winner at Mercer
• Led Bruins to first-ever win against Mercer and program's second victory against Kennesaw State

OTHER NOMINEES:
• Katrina Frost (Fr., Kennesaw State) – Reached 10 goals on the season with two on the weekend
• Gina Petracco (Sr., FGCU) – Netted two goals in win against North Florida
• Maegan Garner (Sr., USC Upstate) – Notched her first collegiate goal in 3-2 win vs. VMI
• Kaitlyn Bassett (Fr., Jacksonville) – Scored twice at Stetson to give Dolphins the 3-1 victory
• Alyssa Welsh (So., Stetson) – Tallied two goals vs. North Florida including the game-winner
• Olivia Tucker (Sr., Mercer) – Had third multi-goal game of the season with two vs. Lipscomb
• Genna Petersen (Sr., ETSU) – Totaled six points on the week with two goals and two assists

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Caitlin Gaughan, ETSU
(Sr. – Goalkeeper – Indianapolis, Ind. – Chemistry)
• First Career Player of the Week award
• Picked up two shutouts with home wins against USC Upstate and UNC Asheville
• Stopped a career-high ten shots in 3-0 win against Bulldogs on Sunday
• Lowered her GAA to a league-best 0.85 in two victories

OTHER NOMINEES:
• Stephanie Powers (Sr., FGCU) – Tended two shutouts by making 10 total saves
• Sarah Plantz (So., USC Upstate) – Earned second win of the season against VMI
• Sarah Sierra (So., Jacksonville) – Stopped seven shots on the weekend including six vs. FGCU
• Nicole Berner (So., Belmont) – Earned two shutout victories to kick off conference play
• Katie Schwartz (Sr., Kennesaw State) – Recorded three points in 4-0 win against Lipscomb

2011 Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer Player of the Weeks
Date Player of the Week (School)
Defensive Player of the Week (School)
Aug. 22 Alexis Hermosa (Stetson) Megan Dorsey (North Florida)
Aug. 29 Nadja Kolliesuah (Mercer) Stephanie Powers (FGCU)
Sept. 6 Olivia Tucker (Mercer) Sarah Sierra (Jacksonville)
Sept. 12 Meghan McGuire (Lipscomb) Nicole Calder (Kennesaw State)
Sept. 19 Danielle Hesse (Mercer) Stephanie Powers (FGCU)
Sept. 26 Gretchen Sutch (Belmont) Caitlin Gaughan (ETSU)

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