Nealon, Lo­gan earn SAC awards

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS -

For the first time in each of their ca­reers, fresh­men Si­enna Nealon and Cait­lyn Lo­gan claimed the weekly Sooner Ath­letic Con­fer­ence women’s soc­cer awards, the con­fer­ence of­fices an­nounced on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Nealon, a na­tive of Wind­sor, Calif., was named Of­fen­sive Player of the Week af­ter she capped off a tremen­dous week on Satur­day, Sept. 9, when she blasted the game-win­ning goal in a 3-0 shutout ef­fort of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.). Ad­di­tion­ally, she as­sisted on se­nior Han­nah Poor’s in­sur­ance goal in the sec­ond half.

Ear­lier in the week, Nealon scored her first game-win­ner in John Brown’s 4-2 come-from-be­hind win at then-No. 16 Cum­ber­land (Tenn.) on Mon­day, Sept. 4. Nealon ripped a shot off sopho­more Han­nah Sweaney’s cross from the right wing off a Phoenix de­fender and in, mark­ing her first col­le­giate goal.

On Thurs­day, Sept. 7, Nealon de­flected fresh­man Paige Kula’s cor­ner ser­vice in from just two yards away, suc­cess­fully piec­ing to­gether a three-match goal-scor­ing streak, fin­ish­ing the last seven days with seven points.

Lo­gan, from Char­lotte, N.C., earned De­fen­sive Player of the Week hon­ors af­ter rack­ing up 10 saves and al­low­ing just three goals in 270 min­utes on 13 shots on goal faced. More im­pres­sively, the goal­keeper made a game-sav­ing leap at Cum­ber­land’s to re­ject a shot that would have knot­ted the match at two apiece and also made a note­wor­thy save against Olivet Nazarene early in the match to keep the score­less draw dead­locked.

Af­ter play­ing four matches in seven days, the Golden Ea­gles rest un­til this Fri­day when John Brown trav­els to Arkadel­phia to take on NCAA Divi­sion II Oua­chita Bap­tist (Ark.) at 3 p.m.

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