This season the ECNL will feature the college corner, a section highlighting standout ECNL alums who were named Players of the Week from their respective NCAA Division 1 conferences around the country. This week features four players who were outstanding on the field for their college teams.
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
Trinity Byars – Texas
ECNL Club – Solar SC
Byars won her second straight Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award, after scoring a brace in the Longhorns 2-0 win over Texas Tech. The sophomore scored in both the fifth and 55th minutes of the game, registering her third multi-goal performance of the season. Byars is ranked first in the Big 12 and third nationally with 10 goals. During her time in the ECNL, Byars helped lead Solar SC to the U15 ECNL National Final in 2017.
racking up the awards 🤘 pic.twitter.com/q4aGlhu8vr
— Texas Soccer (@TexasSoccer) September 27, 2022
CAA Offensive Player of the Week
Ivey Crain – William & Mary
ECNL Club – Atlanta Fire
Crain adds Offensive Player of the Week honors to two Rookie nods in 2022 after helping William & Mary earn four points in the first weekend of CAA play. The freshman from Georgia scored in W&M’s draw at Stony Brook on Thursday, before a brace on Sunday provided all the offense in a 2-0 win over defending CAA Champion Hofstra in Hempstead. While in the ECNL, Crain earned ECNL All Southeast Conference First Team honors in the 2021-22 season while playing for Atlanta Fire.
⚽️ 𝙊𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙋𝙡𝙖𝙮𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙚𝙚𝙠
Ivey Crain adds Offensive Player of the Week honors to two Rookie nods in 2022 after helping @WMTribeWSOC earn four points in the first weekend of CAA play
📰 https://t.co/vStvrYU8lW pic.twitter.com/UWqzPTsWHC
— Colonial Athletic Association (@CAASports) September 26, 2022
SoCon Defensive Player of the Week
Sekou Agard – Mercer
ECNL Club – GSA
Agard scored one goal and tallied one assist in Mercer’s two contests last week as the Bears went 1-0-1, earning a 3-2 victory over UAB on Tuesday and playing to a 2-2 draw against North Florida on Saturday. Against the Blazers, Agard assisted on Mercer’s first goal of the game. In the tie against the Ospreys, the sophomore connected with a corner kick in the 54th minute to head in his first goal of the season and hand Mercer a 2-1 lead. While in the ECNL, Agard helped GSA advance to the ECNL Boys National Finals in 2019.
Congrats to @SekouAgard for earning 𝐒𝐨𝐂𝐨𝐧 𝐃𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤!#RoarTogether pic.twitter.com/c2u1mXpGG9
— Mercer Men's Soccer (@Mercer_MSoccer) September 27, 2022
Patriot League Rookie of the Week
Troy Elgersma – American
ECNL Club – Pateadores
Elgersma recorded the assist on the Eagles’ game-winning goal in the 73rd minute to secure a 2-1 comeback win over Bucknell. During his time in the ECNL, Elgersma was part of the U18/19 Pateadores team that won the ECNL Boys North American Cup in 2022.
Rookie of the Week 𝘼𝙉𝘿 Midfielder of the Week!
Congratulations to freshman Troy Elgersma and junior Evan Schweickert!
🔗: https://t.co/zRBPur4BtH pic.twitter.com/7J6dmlXkMN
— American U. Men's Soccer (@AU_MSoccer) September 26, 2022