The Southeastern Conference kicked off the 2013 soccer season this past weekend. Here are the conference players of the week following the season-opening slate of games.
Danielle Au, South Carolina
F • 5-5 • Sr. • Suwanee, Ga.
Scored the only goal of the match in leading South Carolina to a 1-0 win over seventh-ranked Duke. It was the program’s first win over a Top 10 opponent since 2010. In the season-opener against UNC Wilmington, she scored the game-winner just 9:10 into the match as the Gamecocks picked up a 2-0 victory. Au moved into sixth all-time at USC with 18 career goals scored.
Allie Tripp, Arkansas
D • 5-11 • Jr. • Carrollton, Texas
Her assist on Ashleigh Ellenwood’s golden goal off in the 101st minute lifted the Razorbacks over SMU in double overtime. Finished the game with two assists after setting up Jeriann Okoro for Arkansas’ first goal of the contest.
Savannah Jordan, Florida
F • 5-7 • Fayetteville, Ga.
Jordan scored five goals through the Gators opening two matches. The five goals is the highest goal total for any Gator through a season’s opening two contests. In the season opener versus Florida Gulf Coast, Jordan provided the go-ahead and insurance goals – with both coming in the final 10 minutes of the match. She is the first Gator freshman to score twice in a season opener since Aimee Wagstaff in the program’s debut match in 1995. Jordan provided all the scoring in Sunday’s 3-1 win versus Oregon State. She now joins Florida All-Americans Andi Sellers (two in 1997) and Abby Wambach (one in 1998) as the only Gators to post a hat-trick as a freshman.