TROY, Ala. – Troy junior midfielder Alissa Jones and freshman goalkeeper Mikki Lewis were named Sun Belt Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectfully, the league announced on Tuesday.
Jones, a Mustang, Okla., native, turned in a monster week. En route to a two-goal performance against Alabama State, she set a Troy single-game record with 11 shots. She also recorded an assist in the contest. Jones went on to score the lone goal against Kennesaw State on Friday – a one-time finish after the goalkeeper parried her first attempt on goal. On Sunday, Jones would beat Tennessee Tech's keeper 1-on-1 for a goal and later led a pass perfectly to Natalie Melillo to earn an assist. Jones has scored four goals and recorded three assits on the season.
Lewis, a St. Johns, Fla., native, turned in three stellar performances leading the Trojans to a trio of shutout victories. Lewis stopped four shots against Alabama State. Troy's defensive efforts were spectacular against Kennesaw State on Friday with Lewis recording her first career shutout.
"I am proud of both Alissa and Mikki," head coach Jason Hamilton said. "They have played extremely well and deserve the recognition they have received."
It marks the first time Troy has swept the Sun Belt Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards. The last Trojan to be named Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week was Cecilia Thorngren on August 21, 2012. Goalkeeper Madison Winter was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week twice last season.
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