Midwestern State continued to have Lone Star Conference Player of the Week awards roll in with the announcement of men’s and women’s soccer honors on Wednesday afternoon. Noah Fazekas grabbed honors for the men’s team, while Kelsey Hill and Hanna Staley took honors for the women’s team.
Making just his fourth and fifth collegiate appearances, including his first start, Fazekas earned the LSC Men’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Stepping in for injured goalkeeper Michael Wood, Fazekas stopped eight shots to finish off a 3-0 win over Incarnate Word. The Dallas native followed his stellar relief appearance with a shutout of St. Edward’s in his first collegiate start on Sunday.
Hill stepped to the threshold of school history this week, taking LSC Women’s Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process.
Hill scored the lone goal of the game in a 1-0 victory over Texas A&M-Commerce, then scored a goal with a pair of assists in a 4-0 win over Texas Woman’s University. The Rider High School graduate is now in a three way tie with Becky Athey and April Lasater for the most career goals in program history. The senior is also tied with Lasater for the most career points, sitting at 105.
Staley led the stingy Mustangs defense in the two victories, earning LSC Women’s Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Staley helped the Mustangs defense limit opponents to a total of 22 shots on goal as they went 2-1 for the week. The junior anchored a back line that helped notch MSU’s sixth and seventh shutouts of the season.
Players from Eastern New Mexico took the other two conference awards this week.
Diego Santos was named LSC Offensive Player of the Week. The junior scored both game winning goals in victories against Texas-Permian Basin and Northeastern State.
Sierra Cardenas took LSC Women’s Goalkeeper of the Week honors. The Wheat Ridge, Colorado native picked up two wins last week, including her sixth shutout of the season against Angelo State which broke her own school record of five set in 2009.
Both the MSU men’s and women’s soccer teams have key games coming up as the regular season wraps up over the next two weeks.
Hill’s first attempt to re-write the record books comes on October 28 at MSU Soccer Field as the women’s team takes on No. 2 Abilene Christian. Midwestern State is in line for the No. 2 seed in the LSC Championships, which will be hosted by the top seeded Wildcats.
Currently ranked No. 7 in the nation, the men’s team follows a road game against Northeastern State on October 28 with two games at home to wrap up the regular season. The Mustangs unbeaten streak at home stands at 39 games.