Big South Announces Women's Soccer Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - VMI senior Sarah Strand (Fredericksburg, Va.) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women's Soccer Attacking Player of the Week, while Campbell goalkeeper Ryann Torrero (Burbank, Calif.) has earned the Defensive Player of the Week honor for games played Oct. 10-16, the League announced today.

Strand scored all three of VMI's goals for six points last week in matches vs. Winthrop and Gardner-Webb.  Her first goal of the week came against Winthrop on Oct. 13 as she collected a Myranda Emery assist and found the back of the net in the 36th minute.  Two days later vs. Gardner-Webb, the midfielder netted the first goal of the contest off a pass from Simone Jimenez and closed the VMI scoring out as she buried a penalty kick in the 79th minute.

Torrero recorded eight saves and allowed just one goal in two games last week, finishing with a .889 save percentage and 0.45 goals against average.  She held High Point scoreless in the double-overtime draw on Oct. 13, registering five saves on the night.  Against Liberty on Oct. 15, Torrero made three saves after giving up a first minute goal to lead the Camels to the 2-1 victory.

Also nominated for women's soccer Attacking Player of the Week for Week 9: Pirjo Leppikangas (Campbell), Rylie Johnson (Coastal Carolina), Dawn Rollyson (Gardner-Webb), Sara Simpson (Presbyterian College), Julie Ruh'e (Radford) and Amanda Knapp (UNC Asheville).

Nominated for Defensive Player of the Week for Week 9: Saundra Baron (Coastal Carolina), Alice Blackwell (Presbyterian College) and Tyler Drake (Radford).

2011 Women's Soccer Attacking Players of the Week
Aug. 23 - Ashley Clark, Campbell
Aug. 30 - Megan Curan, Gardner-Webb
Sept. 7 - Jacky Kessler, High Point
Sept. 13 - Allison Lewis, Charleston Southern
Sept. 20 - Amanda Knapp, UNC Asheville
Sept. 27 - Ashley Clark, Campbell
Oct. 4 - Pirjo Leppikangas, Campbell
Oct. 10 - Courtney Durbin, Winthrop
Oct. 18 - Sarah Strand, VMI

2011 Women's Soccer Defensive Players of the Week
Aug. 23 - Sarah Schippers, Winthrop
Aug. 30 - Cami Skladany, Coastal Carolina
Sept. 7 - Karen Blocker, Liberty
Sept. 13 - Andrea Ritchie, High Point
Sept. 20 - Amanda Berrios, VMI
Sept. 27 - Sarah Beth Anderson, Presbyterian College
Oct. 4 - Che' Brown, Radford
Oct. 10 - Sarah Schippers, Winthrop
Oct. 18 - Ryann Torrero, Campbell