The Southeastern Conference Monday announced its most recent soccer players of the week, recognizing outstanding performances from another week of action on the pitch around the league.
Pia Rijsdijk, Alabama
F • 5-9 • Jr. • Numansdorp, Netherlands
Rijsdijk scored three goals in wins over Vanderbilt and Tennessee, including the game-winner over UT on Sunday. She recorded her first goals of the year in the win over Vanderbilt on Friday night, finding the back of the net two times. On Sunday, Rijsdijk kept the momentum going by scoring in the 31st minute in what would be the eventual game-winning tally in the Tide’s 4-2 win over the Lady Vols.
Karlie Mueller, Texas A&M
D • 5-4 • So. • Sioux Falls, S.D.
Mueller helped lead a backline that pitched two shutouts on the weekend. Although not a part of the Aggies’ flow-of-play offense, Mueller assisted on five of A&M’s 11 goals for the weekend. On Friday, Mueller offered up three assists - one corner kick and two free kicks. The three assists was one shy of the school record. On Sunday, she added two more assists, including one free kick.
Emma Fletcher, LSU
M • 5-5 • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Fletcher scored her first collegiate goal on a brilliant 25-yard free kick in the 31st minute to open the scoring against Tennessee, before the teams played to a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes of action. She then provided the primary assist on Megan Lee’s game-winning goal in the 103rd minute of LSU’s 3-2 double overtime win against Mississippi State. Fletcher leads LSU with six assists, which also ranks in a tie for third among all SEC players for the 2013 season.