|Georgia Southern’s Merson Named Player of the Week|
|Written by Phil Perry|
|Tuesday, 04 September 2012 11:53|
Georgia Southern junior goalkeeper Katie Merson has been named the Southern Conference’s women’s soccer player of the week for all matches Aug. 27 to Sept. 2. The award is selected by
the league office. Merson had a pair of shutouts on the week as the Eagles went 1-0-1 to remain undefeated on the season. Georgia Southern’s 3-0-2 start is its best since 2000, when the squad bolted out of the gate with an 11-0-0 mark. Merson made five stops in Friday’s 1-0 win over North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., facing 11 shots and three corner kicks in the tight match. The Albuquerque, N.M., native notched her second clean sheet of the weekend two days later, making another five saves in 110 minutes of action as the Eagles played Jacksonville University to a scoreless draw. Merson was tested often, facing 15 shots and seven corners. The pair of shutouts moved her total to a SoCon-best four on the season and eight for her career, making her the Southern Conference’s active career leader in that category. She owns a sparkling 0.18 goals against average on the year, having allowed just one goal in five starts. The award is the first of Merson’s career. Georgia Southern hosts South Carolina State on Wednesday in Statesboro, Ga. Also nominated: Kate Ward (Appalachian State), Sarah Schaidle (College of Charleston), Claire O’Keeffe (Elon), Stephanie DeVita (Furman), Brittany Hoffman (Samford), Kimberly Sullivan (Western Carolina) and Maureen Buff (Wofford).
Furman senior forward Coleton Henning has been named the Southern Conference’s men’s soccer player of the week for all matches Aug. 27 to Sept 2. The selection is made by the league office. Henning scored three goals in as many games for the Paladins last week, helping the 17th-ranked squad to a 2-1 record. After Furman topped Gardner-Webb 3-0 on Aug. 27, Henning scored the Paladins’ first goal in a 3-2 loss to Dayton at College of Charleston’s Nike/Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The reigning SoCon Player of the Year, Henning scored both goals Sunday as Furman bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 2-0 triumph over Stanford. The Shawnee, Kan., native earned all-tournament honors for his play on the weekend. The award is the third of Henning’s career. He was also the SoCon’s player of the week on Sept. 30, 2008, and Oct. 11, 2011. Furman (3-1) returns to action this weekend when it hosts the Diadora/Spinx Furman Invitational in Greenville, S.C. The Paladins will face UNCW on Friday and Memphis on Sunday. Also nominated: Stanley Broaden (Appalachian State), Kees Heemskerk (College of Charleston), Andrew DiLallo (Davidson), Gabe Latigue (Elon), Witt Carlisle (Georgia Southern), Hakan Ilhan (UNCG) and Forrest Lasso (Wofford).
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