Carpenter earns first National Soccer Player of the Week honor
AUSTIN, Texas -- UT soccer's Kelsey Carpenter was selected as Soccer America National Player of the Week, for the first time in her career, the magazine announced Wednesday, Sept. 6. The junior forward from Allen, Texas scored game-winning-goals against two top-15 teams to help Chris Petrucelli's, eighth-ranked Longhorns squad (2-1-0) win at home this past weekend.
"It's a huge honor to be recognized as one of the top players on one of the best teams in the nation," said Carpenter. "It gives our team a lot of recognition and is a good step in starting the season. It takes a whole team to win games because you don't score goals by yourself. People had to pass the ball to me to score. If (Senior) Amy (Burlingham) does not score first, there is no game-winning-goal (situation)."
In the match against then-No. 3 Penn State, Carpenter found the back of the net four minutes, 17 seconds into the second half, to put UT ahead for the remainder of the match, 2-1.
Less than 42 hours later, the third-year Longhorn found a hole in the Fighting Illini's defense, giving Texas a 1-0 win in double-overtime.
Carpenter was also selected Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week yesterday (Sept. 5), picking up her first weekly league accolade since being named rookie of the week in Oct of 2004.
UT takes the road this weekend, playing at New Mexico on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. (Central), at Rice in Houston on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. (Central) and then on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at LSU in Baton Rouge, La., at 7 p.m. (Central).
Soccer America Honors for week ending Sept. 3
Women's Team Of The Week