Big South Announces Women's Soccer Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Gardner-Webb senior Dawn Rollyson (Westerville, Ohio) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women's Soccer Attacking Player of the Week, while High Point goalkeeper Andrea Ritchie (Winston-Salem, N.C.) has earned the Defensive Player of the Week honor for games played Oct. 17-23, the League announced today.

Rollyson netted two goals and earned two assists for six points last week in wins over UNC Asheville and Presbyterian College.  With the Runnin' Bulldogs down 3-0 on Oct. 20, Rollyson started the rally that would eventually lead to Gardner-Webb defeating UNC Asheville, 4-3, in overtime.  Two days later in the 3-0 victory over Presbyterian, Rollyson tallied two assists and finished out the game with a goal of her own.

Ritchie was 2-0-0 and registered two shutouts with seven saves in 1-0 overtime wins vs. Radford and VMI.  She made six saves against the Highlanders and one against the Keydets to pick up her fifth and sixth shutouts of the season.  The senior has recorded five shutouts in eight Big South contests this season.

Also nominated for women's soccer Attacking Player of the Week for Week 10: Kirsty Meyer (Campbell), Aislinn McIlvenny (Charleston Southern), Sammy Vercellino (High Point), Sara Simpson (Presbyterian College), Rachel Conway (Radford) and Krystyna Freda (Winthrop).

Nominated for Defensive Player of the Week for Week 10: Sarah Beth Anderson (Presbyterian College), Sydney Golden (Radford) and Amanda Berrios (VMI).

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
Oct. 25 - Dawn Rollyson, Gardner-Webb

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
Oct. 25 - Andrea Ritchie, High Point