KANSAS CITY, Mo. (September 13, 2023) – United Soccer Coaches announced its College Player of the Week awards on Wednesday afternoon, with seven student-athletes representing NCAA Division I, II, III, and NJCAA women’s soccer.
NCAA Division I Men: Clay Obara (James Madison University)
NCAA Division I Women: Lexi Missimio (University of Texas)
NCAA Division II Men: Kelvin Mulinya (Maryville University of St. Louis)
NCAA Division II Women: Lexi De La Cruz (Lubbock Christian University)
NCAA Division III Men: Matt Shultz (Cortland)
NCAA Division III Women: Ashley Harlicker (Gallaudet University)
Junior College Women: Cynthia Ramirez (Allan Hancock College)
|Clay Obara||Lexi Missimio|
Obara scored three of the eight goals from #8 JMU during the past week. He started off the week with his second career brace, scoring both JMU goals to draw with Gardner-Webb. He then began the scoring in a 6-0 win against Mount St. Mary’s and added an assist. In total during the week, he took seven shots and put five of those on goal, and scored three goals and an assist for a combined seven points.
Last week’s games marked Missimio’s second consecutive week recording double-digit points. She tied Texas’ single-season points record with 35 points after the Longhorns played SFA. Facing against Gonzaga, she helped Texas defend against the then-No. 3 team in scoring offense to a 0-0 draw. Gonzaga has recorded at least one goal in matches before facing the Longhorns.
|Kelvin Mulinya||Lexi De La Cruz|
Mulinya tallied six points on three goals in two wins last week. He scored the first goal against Fort Hays, notched second and third goals, including a game-winner, in an upset win over sixth-ranked UWP, converted on all three shots taken, and earned his first career GLVC Offensive Player of the Week Award.
Lexi started and played in all two games, scoring a total of three goals, and providing four assists for a total of ten points. She had two five-point games out of two games in the week.
Shultz led nationally 10th-ranked Cortland to three home victories last week, scoring nine points on four goals and one assist. In a 4-0 win versus Manhattanville on Wednesday, Shultz recorded his second career hat trick, netting Cortland’s first three goals in the sixth, 20th, and 48th minutes. He then assisted on the game-winning goal in the 71st minute in a 2-1 victory versus 16th-ranked Catholic. Shultz wrapped up the week with the game-winner in the 18th minute in a 3-0 win versus Utica on Sunday.
Harlicker, scored a program record six goals in a game last Sunday as Gallaudet University defeated Penn St.-Scranton in a non-conference game. The six goals scored were done consecutively as GU led 4-0 at the half and later won the game 8-1. The 12 points tie a single-game program record. The day before, Harlicker netted a hat trick with the first three goals of a 4-0 win over the University of Valley Forge. She is also United East Women’s Soccer Player of the Week – Volt Division.
Ramirez broke the Allan Hancock College single-game goals record with six goals scored in one game. She leads the California Community Colleges Athletic Association in goals and total points and won the Northern Santa Barbara County Female Athlete of the Week.
Each Wednesday during the college regular season, United Soccer Coaches selects a men’s and women’s Player of the Week for NCAA Divisions I, II, and III and Junior College competition based on nominations from schools and conferences. Nominations are due every Tuesday by 10 a.m. CT to be considered.