Week 11: Soccer Players of the Week
Offensive Player of the Week
Maile Hayes, Texas A&M
F • So. • Spring, Texas
In a must-win situation in the finale, Maile Hayes broke the scoring seal in the 5th minute and finished the match with 5 points on 2 goals and 1 assist as the Aggies earned an SEC Tournament invite with a 4-1 victory at Florida. Hayes' first goal came on a header at the top of the 6-yard box to redirect a half-volley service from MaKhiya McDonald. Hayes assisted on Macy Matula's goal in the 12th minute as A&M claimed a 2-0 lead. The Spring, Texas native capped the scoring with a 70th-minute goal from 7 yards out.
Defensive Player of the Week
Lawson Renie, Tennessee
D • Jr. • Cincinnati, Ohio
Lawson Renie elevated above the defense to get a head on the ball and bury it in the back of the net in the 49th minute to record her second game-winner of the season in UT's 2-0 win over Vanderbilt at home. She was on the pitch for all 90 minutes, anchoring the UT back line that has now posted shutouts in six of its last seven matches.
Freshman of the Week
Ella Riley, Arkansas
D • Fr. • Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Ella Riley played all but six minutes in No. 9 Arkansas' 6-0 win over Kentucky. Riley, a mainstay on the backline this season who leads all Razorback freshmen in minutes (1,304), helped Arkansas to its 11th shutout of the season and eighth over an SEC opponent. In the match against the Wildcats, Riley was vital in breaking up the Kentucky attack and holding them to a single-digit shot total.