Northwestern State’s Draguicevich, Haynes tabbed SLC Offensive, Defensive Soccer Players of the Week
NATCHITOCHES — For the second time in as many weeks, the Northwestern State soccer team reaps the rewards following a perfect weekend.
Following shutout victories against Jackson State and in the conference opener against UIW, seniors Olivia Draguicevich and Jayme Haynes were named the Southland Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, the conference announced Tuesday.
Draguicevich, the reigning SLC and All-Louisiana Players of the Year, tallied four of the seven goals scored by NSU, including a hat trick in the 6-0 victory over Jackson State this past Friday. She followed that up by recording the lone goal in a 1-0 win over UIW in the rematch of last season’s conference tournament title match, also won by NSU.
Her 30 career goals are second in program history, just five behind Britiany Cargill for first place. She is also in third place for the most points in school history with 65.
On the season, she leads the conference in both goals (6) and points (12) on the season.
Haynes, a native of Frisco, Texas, was at the forefront of an impressive defensive effort in two shutouts over the weekend.
The senior helped a defense that surrendered just 10 shot attempts, with only four being on frame, many of which were low-percentage attempts.
Overall, the NSU defense has allowed just four goals in six games, the second-best mark in the conference.
Haynes, who has played all 90 minutes in four of the six games so far this season, also has added an assist on the season, which was a pass to Delaney Wells, who won SLC Defensive Player of the Week last week, in the win at Grambling.
NSU wraps up its stretch of three consecutive contests at home with one of the biggest games of the season against Lamar on Friday before finishing the weekend with a trip to Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday afternoon.
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