At least one conference has finished off the 2020 season.
The Sun Belt Conference made it to the finish line over the past week, as the postseason conference tournament saw South Alabama capture the league’s knockout competition.
Junior Morgan Cross helped fire the Jaguars to the Conference tournament title, earning the latest Player of the Week award for the women’s DI season this fall. Cross scored twice in Sunday’s championship game, a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Arkansas State.
It’s unclear at this point that the Jaguars would secure the conference’s automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament – scheduled for spring 2021 – but if they are, they become the first program to secure a spot.
Player of the Week: Morgan Cross, South Alabama
Check out some of the other top performances from last week’s Division I soccer action.
Women’s Team of the Week: November 2-8
GK Ashley Orkus, Mississippi: A nine-save effort from Orkus kept the game close before Channing Foster scored a game-winning goal in overtime as Ole Miss upset Vanderbilt. Orkus picked up an assist on the winning goal as well.
D Hailey Cloud, Arkansas State: The freshman nearly led the Red Wolves to the Sun Belt Conference title. After anchoring a pair of 1-0 wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the tourney, she opened the scoring in Sunday’s final. Cross’ goals in the final six minutes of the game was the only thing that thwarted her.
D Wrenne French, Tennessee: Despite facing a number of hurdles in the season, Tennessee picked up the SEC East title with a 1-0 win against South Carolina on Friday. French was the hero in multiple ways, scoring the game-winning goal for the Volunteers while also anchoring the clean sheet.
M Jimena Lopez, Texas A&M: The left back/winger was in excellent form, helping the Aggies to a 2-1 win against LSU. She scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, completing 85% of the passes she attempted.
M Felicia Knox, Alabama: It took a game-winning goals from Knox to secure the full points for the Crimson Tide, which defeated Auburn by a 1-0 score. She played the full match, protecting her team’s back line and keeping the shutout.
F Jordyn Rhodes, Kentucky: Playing the final regular season game of 2020, the Wildcats finally found a way to win, defeating Florida by a 3-1 score. Rhodes had a hand in all three goals, scoring twice and setting up the other tally.
F Morgan Cross, South Alabama: The junior from Scotland played an active role in South Alabama’s win across the three games, playing significant time in all games and picking up an assist in the quarterfinal. She was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
F Ava Tankersley, Arkansas: An 18th minute strike from the freshman provided the game-winning margin as the Razorbacks bagged the SEC West regular season crown, holding off Mississippi State by a 2-1 score on the road.
F Grace Collins, TCU: A big part of TCU’s great Big 12 season has been the play of Collins, who bagged yet another game winner, this time beating West Virginia by a 1-0 score. This marked her third straight game tallying the decisive goal.