SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Mercer forward Amaya Evans and goalkeeper Jordyn Ebert have been named the Southern Conference women’s soccer offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, for all competition Oct. 8-14.
Evans netted both game winners as Mercer went 2-0 on the week. The Bears downed Chattanooga, 2-1, on Friday and handed Samford its first regular-season conference loss since Sept. 25, 2016, on Sunday evening. Up 1-0 against Chattanooga, the freshman collected a free ball sent into the box and pushed Mercer’s lead to two. Chattanooga’s Hollie Massey got the Mocs on the board late in the first half but Evans’s goal proved to be the difference. Scoreless against Samford, Evans scored the game-winner in the 88th minute of a rain-delayed contest, halting Samford’s streak.
Ebert played all 180 minutes in goal for the Bears, allowing just one goal in the win over Chattanooga and recording a shutout against Samford. She faced 14 shots and tallied four saves in the win over the Mocs and totaled five saves on 13 shots faced against the Bulldogs. The shutout against Samford was her fifth of the season, moving her into the top five in program history for shutouts in a season.
The recognition is the first for both Evans and Ebert.
Halfway through conference play, Mercer hits the road to take on ETSU on Friday, Oct 18, and Western Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 20.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week: Erin O’Hearn (Furman), Kayla Campbell (UNCG), Kyla Reynolds (Samford), Mackenzie Smith (Chattanooga), Mackenzie Wright (Western Carolina) and Cameryn Burke (Wofford).
Also nominated for defensive player of the week: Kellsey Weaver (Furman), Kayla Campbell (UNCG), Morgan McAslan (Samford), Ashton Shields (Chattanooga), Melody Mezzina (Western Carolina) and Maria Mon (Wofford).
2019 SoCon Women’s Soccer Offensive Players of the Week
Aug. 27 Caitlyn Reilly, Sr., MF, Furman
Sept. 3 Nicole Icen, Fr., F, Mercer
Sept. 10 Abigail Zoeller, Jr., F/MF, Mercer
Sept. 17 Taylor Yount, Fr., F, Samford
Sept. 24 Gabi Santora, Fr., F/MF, UNCG
Oct. 1 Sarah Connolly, Jr., F, ETSU
Oct. 8 Kyndal Anderson, R-Fr., F, Furman
Oct. 15 Amaya Evans, Fr., F, Mercer
2019 SoCon Women’s Soccer Defensive Players of the Week
Aug. 27 Abbey Saddler, So., GK, Chattanooga
Sept. 3 Tess Mrozek, So., GK, ETSU
Sept. 10 Abbey Sadder, So., GK, Chattanooga
Sept. 17 Melody Mezzina, Fr., GK, Western Carolina
Sept. 24 Morgan McAslan, So., GK, Samford
Oct. 1 Kellsey Weaver, Sr., GK, Furman
Oct. 8 Arianna Milicia, Sr., D, Furman
Oct. 15 Jordyn Ebert, Jr., GK, Mercer