Six student-athletes earn Player of the Week honors from the United Soccer Coaches

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (September 19, 2017) -  Student-athletes from all three NCAA Divisions have received Player of the Week honors from the United Soccer Coaches, the association announced on Tuesday.

NCAA Division I Men: Cameron Taylor (Xavier University)
NCAA Division I Women: Lexie Howard (University of Missouri Kansas City)
NCAA Division II Men: Aidan Apodaca (California Baptist University)
NCAA Division II Women: Alimata Rabo (Southwestern Oklahoma State University)
NCAA Division III Men: Sean Tunney (DeSales Universiry)
NCAA Division III Women: Gwennie Gardiner (Oberlin College)

Xavier junior defender Cameron Taylor (Indianapolis, IN) and UMKC junior forward Lexie Howard (Kearney, MO) were selected from NCAA Division I. Taylor is tied for the Xavier team lead with four goals on the year, after scoring the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Cleveland State and leading the team to a 1-0 shutout victory over No. 9-ranked Georgetown. Howard tallied three goals and one assist in victories over Missouri State and South Dakota. Howard now leads UMKC with six goals this season.

In NCAA Division II, California Baptist University senior forward Aidan Apodaca (Rancho Cucamonga, California) and Southwestern Oklahoma State University sophomore forward Alimata Rabo (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) were honored for exceptional performances. Apodaca has scored in five straight games for CBU and set a new single-game scoring record for the school after recording five goals, in a 5-0 win at Northwest Nazarena. Rabo matched the Southwestern Oklahoma State University school record, she set last season, with four goals in a victory against West Texas A&M Thursday.

DeSales University freshman defender Sean Tunney (Clondalkin, Ireland) and Oberlin College senior forward Gwennie Gardiner (San Diego, CA) earned recognition in NCAA Division III. Tunney played an important role in two shutout victories against Gwynedd Mercy and Clark Summit, scoring one goal against Gwynedd Mercy and the game-winning goal against Clark Summit. Gardiner has scored multiple goals in five of her six games this season and scored a career-high four goals in the first 23 minutes against Geneva.

The United Soccer Coaches did not receive any nominations for junior college competition this week.

Each Tuesday during the college regular season, United Soccer Coaches selects a men’s and women’s Player of the Week for NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and junior college competition based on nominations from schools and conferences across the country.  Learn more at