It was a fantastic opening week of competitive games for VCU.
Standout midfielder Samantha Jerabek played a crucial role in both wins, earning the latest TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Week nod. She scored four goals and added an assist in the wins, including a hat trick versus the Monarchs. In each game, she created two chances and attempted three Key Passes.
Check out some of the other top performances from the past week of women’s Division I soccer.
Team of the Week: February 9-15
D Sarai Linder, UCF – The freshman defender from Germany enjoyed a strong performance in her side’s first AAC game of the season, a 3-0 win against Temple. Along with helping keep a clean sheet, the right back notched an assist. She also completed 87% of 79 pass attempts on the day.
M Samantha Jerabek, VCU – After scoring five times in the entire 2019 season, Jerabek should easily surpass that total even in a shortened season after her four-goal outburst. With the Atlantic 10 playing a regionally focused schedule, Jerabek could easily hit the double-digit goal total.
M Olivia Nguyen, Arizona State – Facing Grand Canyon twice over the past week, Nguyen played a starring role in both victories. First, she nabbed the overtime winner in a 3-2 road victory on Thursday. Then at home, she scored twice and setup another goal in a much more comfortable 4-0 win.
F Mia Fishel, UCLA – With each passing game, Fishel continues to cement her status as one of the best strikers in college soccer. She created four chance against BYU, and while she didn’t get assist, she did win the penalty that was converted by Marley Canales to tie the game. Sunshine Fontes went on to win later in the second half.
Honorable Mention: F Taryn Ries (Portland), F Kelli McGroarty (La Salle), F Alexxis Lipsey (UAB), F Mallory Olsson (UCF), M Hannah Friedrich (Saint Louis), GK Olivia Sekany (Washington), M Thais Reiss (North Florida), F Logan Dix (The Citadel)