Northwestern State earns second sweep of Southland Conference Weekly Soccer Awards

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By Aaron Ferguson, NSU Sports Information Graduate Assistant

NATCHITOCHES – For the Northwestern State soccer team, weekly conference awards have become a part of its routine.

Reigning Southland Goalkeeper of the year Acelya Aydogmus, junior forward Olivia Draguicevich, and sophomore midfielder Delaney Wells earned NSU’s second sweep of weekly Southland Conference accolades through six weeks of league play. Aydogmus and Draguicevich have been recognized three of the last four weeks, while today represents the first weekly award of Wells’ NSU career.

Wells, proving to be a consistent, leading force on the defensive end for NSU earned Southland Defender of the Week honors for her role in the Lady Demons’ shutouts at both Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana. Through the weekend, Wells finished on nearly 75 percent of her challenges (attacking, defensive, air), serving as a critical defensive piece in allowing just three shots—and only one on goal—in both matches.

Southland’s leading scorer Olivia Draguicevich notched another conference Offensive Player of the Week award after scoring all three of the Lady Demon’s goals throughout the weekend. Her game winning goal in the 35th minute at SLU earned her the program record for goals against conference opponents in a single season.

Reigning Southland Goalkeeper of the Year Acelya Aydogmus reeled in her third conference Goalkeeper of the Week award of the season, anchoring both shutout victories with a single critical save in each match. Both shutouts represent Aydogmus and NSU’s fifth and sixth of the season, bringing her career tally to 22. Aydogmus currently leads the conference in goals-against average (.365) and save percentage (.885).

NSU returns to action on Friday, hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Lady Demon Soccer Complex.

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