ATLANTA – A trio of first time winners took the stage on Tuesday afternoon following the announcement of the ASUN Conference Women's Soccer weekly honors by the league office.
Cynthia Bagozzi of Jacksonville State (Player) and the Eastern Kentucky duo of Mackenzie Burdick (Defensive Player) and Lauren Seedlock (Goalkeeper) were awarded their respective honors for their performances on the field. Bagozzi turned in the program's 10th hat trick as she led the Gamecock soccer squad to victory over the Hornets of Alabama State (4-1). Burdick helped anchor the EKU backline in a pair of defensive efforts where the team allowed just one goal and Seedlock combined to stop 11 total shots while saving three goals in the final five minutes of both contests.
Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Cynthia Bagozzi, Jacksonville State
Junior | F | Orlando, Fla.
- First Career ASUN Player of the Week honor; sixth overall accolade as a program for Jacksonville State
- Helped the club to a 2-0 stretch with wins at home over Alabama State (4-1) and Troy (3-2) last week
- Turned in the program's 10th hat trick as she led the Gamecock soccer squad to victory over the Hornets
- All three of her scores were recorded in the first 30 minutes against ASU; had an .857 SOG percentage
- The hat trick was the first by a JSU player since Jackie Rush in a contest with Eastern Illinois in October 2014
Other Nominees: Olivia Prock, Austin Peay; Maddy Lemery, Eastern Kentucky; Hayley Friedl, Jacksonville; Kendall Higgs, Kennesaw State; Kelli Beiler, Lipscomb; Allie Fekany, North Florida; Telma Sif Buadottir, Stetson.
Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
Mackenzie Burdick, Eastern Kentucky
Junior | D | Cincinnati, Ohio
- First Career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week award; initial selection in the category in program history
- Helped anchor the Eastern Kentucky backline in a pair of defensive efforts where the team allowed just one goal
- The Colonels were victorious against Detroit Mercy (1-0) before taking down Illinois-Chicago in a 3-1 final
- Recorded the match-winning goal in the 72nd minute off a header in the box against the Titans in a 1-0 shutout
- EKU has now won three-straight non-conference matchups ahead of the ASUN Conference opener against North Alabama
Other Nominees: Lindsey McMahon, Austin Peay; Briana Eads, Jacksonville State; Camryn Simmons, Kennesaw State; Logan McFadden, Lipscomb; Zara Siassi, North Florida.
Women's Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week
Lauren Seedlock, Eastern Kentucky
Senior | Goalkeeper | Simpsonville, S.C.
- First Career ASUN Goalkeeper of the Week selection; first award in EKU program history
- Picked up two wins this week protecting the net against both Detroit Mercy and Illinois-Chicago
- Logged 180 total minutes and earned one clean sheet against the Titans; also beat UIC, 3-1
- Combined to stop 11 total shots and saved three goals in the final five minutes of both contests
- Upped her season total for saves to 31; she now stands third individually in the ASUN
Other Nominees: Chloe Dion, Austin Peay; Bailey Dean, Jacksonville State; Allanah Blye, Kennesaw State; CJ Graham, Lipscomb; Sofia Miliancano, North Florida.
2022 Season Award Winners
Sept. 13 | Player: Cynthia Bagozzi, Jacksonville State; Defensive: Mackenzie Burdick, Eastern Kentucky; Goalkeeper: Lauren Seedlock, Eastern Kentucky
Sept. 6 | Player: Bella Ruggiano, Jacksonville; Defensive: Shelby Craft, Lipscomb; Goalkeeper: Katie Sullivan, FGCU
Aug. 30 | Player: Louise Lillback, FGCU; Defensive: Izzi Gurney, North Alabama; Goalkeeper: Payton Yates, North Alabama
Aug. 23 | Player: Alice Bussey, North Alabama; Defensive: Izzi Gurney, North Alabama; Goalkeeper: Payton Yates, North Alabama
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