For the Second-Time This Year, UCF Women's Soccer Sweeps C-USA Awards

Oct. 12, 2009

By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Two more UCF women's soccer players earned Conference USA honors Monday as senior defender Nikki Moore (Virginia Beach, Va.) and senior midfielder Becca Thomas (Burlington, Wash.) helped the Knights sweep the league's weekly awards. UCF has now had six different players be selected for C-USA weekly accolades this year.

While Moore and Thomas have received several postseason honors by C-USA throughout their careers, this was the first time for both players they were tagged as a weekly award winner. Earlier in 2009, seniors Lynzee Lee, Courtney Whidden and Yvonne George along with sophomore Aline Reis were all selected for weekly accolades by the league office.

The duo of Moore and Thomas guided the first-place Knights to victories vs. UTEP and Colorado College over the weekend, improving the team's record to 10-3-1 on the year and 5-1-0 in C-USA. UCF climbed to No. 14 in the Soccer America rankings Monday, with two other top-25 polls set to be released Tuesday.

Named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week, Moore and the Black and Gold went up against two of the top offensive programs in the conference and helped hold their opponents to a combine 25 shots. In the 3-2 win over the Miners, Moore played all 90 minutes but made her presence known when she switched to cover UTEP's right-flanker Chelsea Winbush. An important offensive threat, Winbush was then held to zero shots over the final 84 minutes.

Two days later in the 4-1 triumph against the Tigers, Moore decided to contribute offensively. In the 27th minute, she gained possession at midfield, dribbled all the way towards the box and fired a long shot into the far right corner for UCF's first goal, as well as her first tally of the year. Defensively, Moore was never beaten in 1v1 situations during the entire afternoon.

Tabbed as the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week, Thomas registered the game-winning goals in both games and also added an assist for a five-point weekend. With the match against UTEP tied at 2-2, UCF received a penalty kick in the 55th minute, and Thomas calmly stepped up and delivered her first of 2009 into the lower left-corner. Earlier she picked up the primary assist on Kim Newsome's goal in the 41st minute. Facing Colorado College, Thomas gave the Knights a 2-0 advantage when she ripped a free kick past the wall into the left side in the 42nd minute.

UCF has five matches left in the regular season, and tries to remain all alone in first place when it visits Rice Friday and Houston Sunday.

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UCF Women's Soccer C-USA Weekly Awards in 2009
Lynzee Lee - Defensive Sept. 7
Aline Reis - Defensive Sept. 14 (Also NSCAA National Player of the Week)
Courtney Whidden - Offensive Sept. 14
Yvonne George - Offensive Oct. 5
Nikki Moore - Defensive Oct. 12
Becca Thomas - Offensive Oct. 12