November 13, 2012
SOCCER NEWS NET SALUTE
Texas Tech's Dawn Ward is Women's Player of the Week
Texas Tech redshirt senior forward Dawn Ward has been named the Soccer News Net Women's College Player of the Week for the week ending November 11.
Ward scored both goals as the Red Raiders notched their first-ever NCAA tournament win, 2-0 over North Texas Friday night at the John Walker Soccer Complex. The multi-goal performance marked the third of Ward's career and the first since striking twice against Toledo last year.
After a scoreless first half that saw Texas Tech outshoot the Mean Green 9-6, Ward connected on her first goal of the evening in the 51st minute of action. The Midland, Texas native took a pass from freshman Janine Beckie inside the box and sent a header past North Texas goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine for the opening goal of the match.
"It was just a great goal," Stone said. "It got the crowd into it and took the pressure off of us a little it. I thought we really settled down after that first goal."
The score was the first given up by Kerestine in three games heading into Saturday's match.
Ward then struck again in the 59th minute to give the Red Raiders a 2-0 advantage off a long pass from freshman Hannah Devine across the penalty box. The assist was Devine's fourth of the season while Beckie earned her fifth of the year.
With the two scores Saturday night, Ward now has 24 career goals to move into a tie with current teammate Jessica Fuston for fourth all-time at Texas Tech. Meanwhile, she earned her sixth game-winner to gain sole possession of fifth all-time.
Soccer News Net Women’s College Player of the Week
Week ending August 27: Anne Stuller, Colorado Buffaloes
Week ending September 2: Erin Yenney, Louisville Cardinals
Week ending September 9: Danielle Schulmann, UConn Huskies
Week ending September 16: Zakiya Bywaters, UCLA Bruins
Week ending September 23: Frances Silva, West Virginia Mountaineers
Week ending September 30: Daphne Corboz, Georgetown Hoyas
Week ending October 7: Christiane Cordero, East Carolina Pirates
Week ending October 14: Kyla Cross, Illinois State Redbirds
Week ending October 21: Julie Eckel, Tennessee Volunteers
Week ending October 28: Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois Fighting Illini
Week ending November 4: Erika Tymrak, Florida Gators
Week ending November 11: Dawn Ward, Texas Tech Red Raiders