SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Samford forward Taylor Yount and Western Carolina goalkeeper Melody Mezzina have been named the Southern Conference women’s soccer offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, for all competition Sept. 10-16.
Samford went 1-0-1 on the week after downing Alabama State 5-0 on Sept. 13 and playing to a 3-3 tie at Auburn two days later. In the win over the Hornets, Yount recorded a hat trick, scoring on each of her three shots on goal. With Samford leading 1-0, the freshma pushed the lead to two with a goal in the 29th minute. She netted her second of the game in the 59th minute. The native of Cape Coral, Florida, capped off the hat trick in the 86th minute, capitalizing off of a deflection. At Auburn, she scored the first goal of the game to put the Bulldogs out in front just six minutes into the contest. Yount, a forward, assisted on Kyla Reynolds’ goal in the 90th minute that tied the score at three and forced overtime. She leads the conference in points (13) and goals (six) and is second in points per game (1.62) and goals per game (0.75).
Mezzina earns her first career honor after helping Western Carolina to a 2-0 week. The Catamounts downed High Point, 2-1, on Sept. 12 and Radford, 1-0, on Sept. 15. The freshman goalkeeper started in both contests, playing all 90 minutes in each. She allowed one goal on a penalty kick against High Point but tallied six saves on nine shots faced. The native of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, earned a shutout against the Highlanders, Radford’s first game held scoreless all season, and added another two saves in the win. Mezzina is in the top five amongst league players in shutouts (two), shutouts per game (0.50) and goals against average (1.25).
Samford plays at DePaul on Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Bulldogs’ lone contest of the week and begin Southern Conference play on Friday, Sept. 27, hosting Furman at 8 p.m. ET. Western Carolina heads to Asheville, North Carolina, to face UNC Asheville on Wednesday, Sept. 18, and takes on North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday, Sept. 22. The Catamounts begin SoCon play at ETSU on Friday, Sept. 27.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week: Devyn Nyhart (The Citadel), Caitlyn Reilly (Furman), Amaya Evans (Mercer), Cienna Rideout (UNCG) and Regan Ward (Western Carolina).
Also nominated for defensive player of the week: Elena Pisani (ETSU), Jordyn Ebert (Mercer), Sophie Stewart Hobbs (UNCG) and Morgan McAslan (Samford).
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
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