Aug. 24, 2015CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The Patriot League announced its women’s soccer weekly awards for Aug. 21-23 with Tori Pantaleo (Lehigh), Sarah Price (Holy Cross), Jessica Ratner (Bucknell), and Margaret Woodward (Navy) winning the first week’s awards.
Patriot League Women’s Soccer Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TORI PANTALEO, LEHIGH Jr., F, Colts Neck, N.J.
Pantaleo scored a pair of goals and added an assist as the Mountain Hawks opened the season with a 7-0 shutout over Mount St. Mary’s. The Colts Neck, N.J. native set a game-high five points in just 30 minutes of action, after coming off the bench. In addition to tallying her first collegiate career goal, Pantaleo also recorded the first assist and point of her collegiate career.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SARAH PRICE, HOLY CROSS Sr., D, Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J.
Price scored a pair of corner kick goals in a 3-3 draw with Siena to open the season. The Crusaders trailed in both situations, with Price heading in a goal with 28 seconds left in the first half to knot the game at 1-1. In the 51st minute, Price tallied her second goal of the game to tie the contest at two a-piece. The two goals are a career game-high for Price, who now has a total of four collegiate career goals.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
JESSICA RATNER, BUCKNELL Jr., GK, Langhorne, Pa.
Ratner recorded her first shutout of the season in a 1-0 game against Towson, collecting three saves. In the 28th minute against the Tigers, the Langhorne, Pa. native fully extended to knock a shot away from the top of the crossbar to keep the game scoreless. Against UMBC, Ratner collected six saves, allowing only one goal, to finish the weekend with 4.5 saves.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MARGARET WOODWARD, NAVY Fr., M, Palm Harbor, Fla.
Coming off the bench, Woodward came into her first collegiate contest in the 74th minute against UMBC and produced Navy’s game-winning goal against the Retrievers just 10 minutes later. The Palm Harbor, Fla. native notched the goal 1:40 after classmate Mary August scored the tying goal, providing the Mids with the first win of the season.
MARY AUGUST, NAVY Fr., D, Arnold, Md.
August earned her first collegiate start against UMBC and tied the game at 2-2 to help the Mids to the first win of the season. Against Maryland, August went toe-to-toe with the Terps’ second-leading scorer from last year and held her to just two shots, neither on net.
MELISSA LYNSKEY, LAFAYETTE Jr., F, Cranberry Township, Pa.
Lynskey, earning her first start as a forward after playing defense and defensive midfield the past two seasons, scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute of the 1-0 victory over Delaware State.
ANI NAHAPETIAN, LEHIGH Sr., GK, Pleasanton, Calif.
Nahapetian registered the eighth shutout over her career, making three saves in each half of a 7-0 shutout over Mount St. Mary’s.
SABRINA MERTZ, LEHIGH Fr., M, Orefield, Pa.
Mertz began the Mountain Hawks’ 7-0 run by scoring the team’s first goal, and her first collegiate goal, at the 18:51 mark and later contributed another goal at 69:16 to extend Lehigh’s lead to 4-0. The rookie was the only freshman in the starting lineup and played 51 minutes.
KATIE HOLDER, ARMY WEST POINT Sr., F, Stillwater, Minn.
Starting in both contests over the weekend, Holder set up the Black Knight’s first goal against Sacred Heart and later scored her 12th career goal at 77:02 in a 4-2 win over the Pioneers.
CORA CLIMO, BUCKNELL Jr., M, Naperville, Ill.
Climo scored the game winning goal in the 86th minute of the season opener to give the Bison a 1-0 victory over Towson.