STORRS, Conn. – Junior forward Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H) was honored as the Offensive Player of the Week by the American Athletic Conference for the week of August 24, 2015. The accolade was in response to Hill’s five-point match against Colgate Friday, Aug. 21 in UConn’s first regular season game of its 2015 schedule.
Hill recorded two goals and one assist in the Huskies’ 4-1 victory over the Raiders on Friday. The New Hampshire native opened the scoring in the 29th when she tapped in a loose ball off a pass from senior Megan Hunsberger (Bethleham, Pa.) that landed tight to the goal line.
Hill’s second goal came in the 51st minute when senior Liana Hinds (Hartford, Conn.) crossed it to the left side of the box where wide-open Hill burried a shot over Colgate’s goaltender. Hill also produced the assist on UConn’s third goal of the game where she fed the ball to junior Maddie Damm (North Kingstown, R.I.) who launched a goal from towards the top of the box. Hill recorded eight of UConn’s 30 combined shots, six on goal, with a total of five points (2g, 1a).
Three other conference competitors received weekly honors. USF’s Cristina Ferral was honored as Defensive Player of the Week. Saundra Baron of East Carolina was recognized as the Goalkeeper of the Week, and Temple’s goalkeeper Jordan Nash received the Rookie of the Week honor.
The Huskies are on the road for their next two matches against Georgetown on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. and Navy on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. before they return home on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. to take on Syracuse.
Offensive Player of the Week
Rachel Hill, UConn, Jr., F
Defensive Player of the Week
Cristina Ferral, USF, Sr., D
Goalkeeper of the Week
Saundra Baron, East Carolina, Sr., GK
Rookie of the Week
Jordan Nash, Temple, Fr., GK
Kayla Adamek, UCF, R-So., M
Recorded the second multi-goal game of her career with two goals against the Knights’ 3-0 win over Jacksonville.
Sam Pavlika, Cincinnati, Sr., GK
Had two saves in her first match for the Bearcats, a 1-0 shutout against Vanderbilt.
Olivia Chance, USF, Sr., M
Scored the game-winning goal against Baylor in double overtime.
Paula Jurewicz, Temple, Sr., D
Scored the first two goals in both of Temple’s weekend shutouts after returning from a season-ending injury.
Rachel Thun, Tulsa, So., M
Scored two goals and earned an assist to help Tulsa begin their season 2-0.
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