After a tough overtime win with unforeseen obstacles, K-State sophomores Caylee Thornhill and Alaina Werremeyer secured the Offensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Week honors, respectively, registering the first weekly award for each of them this season. West Virginia’s Jordan Brewster scoops up the Defensive Player of the Week and Texas forward Trinity Byars clinches the Freshman of the Week merit, extending the Longhorns’ streak with a rookie honor for a fifth consecutive week.
As the Wildcats faced both a weather delay and a power outage during their match last Thursday, Thornhill rose to the challenge to drive in the golden goal and K-State to a 2-1 overtime road win. It marked the sophomore’s first career game-winner as well as the second overtime goal in program history. In her first start of the season, Thornhill delivered a left-foot strike in the 99th minute to go along with three shots for the night. The Lenexa, Kansas, midfielder is tied for second on the team with two goals and is tied for third on the team with four points. She has 13 shots this fall with four on goal.
Werremeyer recorded a career-high 10 saves against 19 shots made by the Jayhawks last Thursday, backstopping the first overtime win in Wildcats history. The sophomore’s 10 saves were the most in a Big 12 match this season and are tied for third-most in a Big 12 contest in school-history. Werremeyer has also established a career-high for wins in a season with three and owns two shutouts.
Brewster collects her second weekly award this fall after aiding the Mountaineers in their sixth shutout of the season, keeping Oklahoma off the board in a 2-0 win last Saturday. The reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, along with the West Virginia backline, held the Sooners to two total shots in the contest, only one on goal, and denied OU any corner kick opportunities. Saturday marked the ninth time this season the Mountaineer defense has held an opponent to three shots or less and third time it has prevented a foe from creating corner kick opportunities.
Byars picks up yet another rookie award for the Longhorns after executing the key goal to tie with No. 10 TCU in the 50th minute last Thursday and provided the assist on Julia Grosso’s game-winner against Texas Tech on Sunday. With the goal against the Horned Frogs, Byars broke a 14-year-old program record, scoring goals in six consecutive matches. By recording points in both games, the Richardson, Texas native ranks second all-time in Texas history by registering points in seven consecutive matches. This is Byars’s third freshman weekly honor of the season, fourth overall.
Offensive Player of the Week
Caylee Thornhill, Midfielder, So., K-State
Defensive Player of the Week
Jordan Brewster, Defender, Sr., West Virginia
Goalkeeper of the Week
Alaina Werremeyer, So., K-State
Freshman of the Week
Trinity Byars, Forward, Texas