Cutura, Arthurs, Roccaforte Headline Final Weekly Soccer Awards

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Christina Cutura, Stephen F. Austin’s Carli Arthurs and McNeese’s Emma Roccaforte are the Southland Conference Soccer Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Cutura and Arthurs led their teams to a pair of dominant wins to clinch two of the remaining three spots in the 2018 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament, and Roccaforte kept Lamar off the board in a 1-0 win for the Cowgirls in the regular-season finale.McNeese faces Abilene Christian at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the first round, followed by SFA versus Houston Baptist at 5 p.m. SLU opens the conference tournament against defending champion and host Lamar in the day one nightcap at 8 p.m.Offensive Player of the Week: Christina Cutura, Southeastern Louisiana – Sr. – Forward – Pearl River, La.Cutura etched her name in the Southeastern Louisian annals, becoming the first player to record two hat tricks in the same season with a trio of goals against Nicholls in the regular-season finale. After neither team got on the scoreboard in the first 62 minutes, Cutura found the back of the net three times in a span of 24 minutes to power the Lions to a win and a Southland Conference Soccer Tournament berth as the sixth seed.Honorable Mention: Brianna Moore, Stephen F. Austin; Nola Prickett, McNeeseDefensive Player of the Week: Carli Arthurs, Stephen F. Austin – Jr. – Defender – Lewisville, TexasArthurs captained the Stephen F. Austin defense to its fifth shutout of the season, holding rival Sam Houston State scoreless on just four attempts. On the other side of the ball, Arthurs registered five shots and netted her first goal of the season to cap off the five-goal win and help the ‘Jacks clinch a berth into the conference tournament as the No. 7 seed.Honorable Mention: Sarah Clayton, McNeese; Sofia Olsson, Southeastern LouisianaGoalkeeper of the Week: Emma Roccaforte, McNeese – So. – Goalkeeper – Nederland, TexasRoccaforte secured her seventh shutout of the year, stopping all five shots she faced, including a saved penalty kick in the 69th minute of the 1-0 affair. Roccaforte’s net-minding helped the Cowgirls secure win No. 13, setting a program record for wins in a single season. This is her second goalkeeper of the week award in 2018.Honorable Mention: Alanis Guevara, Houston Baptist; Nadine Maher, Southeastern LouisianaSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img