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FSU's Grubka named Player of the Week

Article Written by ESNN
Published: September 17, 2013

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One of the highlights of another busy slate of action in the women’s soccer season was the beginning of ACC play. That drew a number of matchups of some of the nation’s best, and it produced the TopDrawerSoccer.com player of the week Kristin Grubka. 

Kristin Grubka, college soccer, Florida StateKristin Grubka

The Florida State center back was a big part of a successful trip for the Seminoles, who traveled to North Carolina for a pair of games. Highlighted by Grubka’s standout weekend, here is the team of the week.

GK Lauren Sestak, McNeese State: The netminder made a whopping 17 saves on Sunday, helping her side to a 0-0 draw on the road against a ranked Baylor Bears squad.

D Marissa Diggs, UCF: The senior center back played 180 minutes, guiding the Knights to a pair of shutout wins. UCF defeated Stetson 4-0 on Friday, following that up with a 2-0 defeat of Brown

D Rachel Lenz, Texas A&M: The center back helped guide her team to two wins over the weekend, playing all but 13 minutes across the two games, a 3-1 win over Massachusetts and a 4-0 defeat of Cal Poly.

D Kristin Grubka, Florida State: It was quite the two-game shift on the road for Grubka, a defensive leader on the Seminoles. On Thursday, in the team’s ACC opener, she helped limit Wake Forest and their dynamic attack to zero goals in a scoreless draw. She followed that up on Sunday with a clutch goal, netting the game winner in a 2-1 defeat of Duke.

MF Morgan Andrews, Notre Dame: The freshman midfielder is back in the team of the week for the second straight week after her game-winning goal proved to be the difference in Notre Dame’s 1-0 upset against the Tar Heels. She continues to look calm, cool and collected in the Irish midfield despite playing against more experienced competition. Andrews also went 69 minutes in Thursday’s 3-1 win over NC State.

MF McKenzie Muchow, Butler: Her 90-minute shift in the midfield helped the Bulldogs to a shock 1-0 win over Michigan, as her 30th minute goal stood up as the game winner.

MF Daphne Corboz, Georgetown: She only played 38 minutes in an 8-0 win over Yale on Friday as she recovers from an injury, but Corboz still managed to score two goals and add three assists. The Hoyas remain undefeated with a perfect 7-0-0 record.

MF Jessie Ayers, Colorado College: While Ayers missed Friday’s action to kick off the weekend, the midfield maestro delivered a game-winning goal in the 59th minute of a rain-choked encounter with Texas. Colorado College picked up a much-needed 2-0 win to jump above .500.

F Arin Gilliland, Kentucky: The versatile forward/defender was up front for most of the weekend, and had a hand in all five goals Kentucky scored. In Friday’s 1-0 win over UTSA, Gilliland assisted on the game winner, and she followed that up on Sunday by scoring twice and adding two assists in a 4-2 defeat of West Virginia.

F Tabitha Tindell, Florida Gulf Coast: It was quite the road trip over the weekend for the Eagles, making the trip from Florida to Hawaii for a pair of games, and the freshman forward shook off the jet leg with little problem. After setting up the game-winning goal on Friday night, a 1-0 win over Portland State, Tindell scored four goals as the Eagles secured a 5-1 win over Idaho State.

F Kristen Hamilton, Denver: The experienced and talented forward drove the Pioneers to a 3-0 win against Colorado, scoring two goals and adding an assist in a 90 minute performance on Sunday.

Others considered: F Morgan Marlborough (Santa Clara), MF Riley Ridgik (Wake Forest), F Washida Blackman (Mercer), MF Amanda Spencer (Longwood), F Shea Groom (Texas A&M), F Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin), F Janine Beckie (Texas Tech), Karina Gutsche (Florida), F Taylor Uhl (Stanford)

Player of the Week: Kristen Grubka, Florida State

 
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