by Southern Conference - www.SoConSports.com
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Sept. 2, 2014) – ETSU's Hannah Short (Bristol, England) and Joao Ramalho (Monte Santo, Brazil) have been named the Southern Conference women’s soccer and men's soccer players of the week, respectively, after leading their teams to a pair of wins last week. The selection is made by the league office.
Hannah Short - SoCon Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Short, a junior from Bristol, England, scored three of the Bucs’ four goals on the week, two of which were golden goals, as ETSU (4-0) remained undefeated on the year.
Short got her dramatic week going with the lone goal in ETSU’s win over Appalachian State on Thursday. After a scoreless regulation and first overtime period, Short lifted the Bucs to the win with her strike in the 107th minute.
Three days later against Campbell, Short again provided the heroics, pulling ETSU level in the 71st minute – less than two minutes after the Camels had taken a 2-1 lead – and going on to score another double-overtime winner in the 103rd as the Bucs won 3-2.
The three goals on the week pushed Short’s season total to a career-best five, surpassing the four she scored last season, through just four games.
ETSU, which rejoined the SoCon this year after spending the previous nine seasons in the Atlantic Sun Conference, has now had consecutive SoCon players of the week for the first time in program history, as Short’s teammate Simona Koren took the honor on Aug. 26. The Bucs previously played in the SoCon from 1997-2004.
ETSU concludes a four-game homestand this week when it hosts South Carolina State on Tuesday and Alabama A&M on Thursday before hitting the road to face Francis Marion on Sunday.
Also nominated: Karina Schneider (The Citadel), Stephanie DeVita (Furman), Tess Patton (Mercer), Candice Forbes (UNCG), Heather Lacy (Samford), Crystal Mackezyk (Chattanooga) and Maureen Buff (Wofford).
2014 SoCon Women’s Soccer Players of the Week
Aug. 26 Simona Koren, ETSU
Sept. 2 Hannah Short, ETSU
Joao Ramalho - SoCon Men's Soccer Player of the Week
League newcomer ETSU (2-0) won both of its contests at the VCU Invitational in Richmond, Va., topping William & Mary 3-2 and host VCU 2-1. The Tribe and the Rams were both receiving votes in the preseason NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25.
Ramalho was an offensive force over the weekend, scoring a pair of goals in each game to account for four of the Bucs’ five goals.
The redshirt sophomore from Monte Santo, Brazil, got his weekend started by scoring ETSU’s first two goals against William & Mary on Friday. With the Bucs trailing 1-0 early, Ramalho evened the score with his first goal of the season, in the 32nd minute. He followed with another strike just after halftime, scoring his second of the day in the 46th minute by getting loose on a breakaway off an ETSU goal kick.
Against the Rams on Sunday, Ramalho had both ETSU goals to lead the Bucs to the undefeated weekend. Both of Ramalho’s goals were unassisted, as he struck in the 16th and 61st minutes in win.
Ramalho becomes the first ETSU player to be named SoCon player of the week in men’s soccer. The Bucs competed in the league from 1980-81 before shelving their program, which relaunched in 2008 and spent the previous six seasons in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
ETSU hosts Radford on Saturday at 7 p.m. in its lone action this week.
Also nominated: Bobby Edet (Furman), Will Bagrou (Mercer), and Nestor Jaramillo (Wofford).
2014 SoCon Men’s Soccer Players of the Week
Sept. 2 Joao Ramalho, ETSU
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