MVC Honors Tejada, Aryn Newsom with Weekly Awards
Sept. 17, 2013
ST. LOUIS - Illinois State junior forward Rachel Tejada and redshirt junior goalkeeper Aryn Newsom are the Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively, as announced by the league office Tuesday morning. It's the first time two Redbirds have been honored in one week since the same duo achieved the feat after the first week of the 2012 season.
Tejada has now scored in four-straight matches after tallying a total of four goals during the Redbirds' 2-0 weekend. On Friday against SEMO, Tejada recorded her third-career hat trick, and first since her freshman season, to lead the Redbirds to a 4-0 win over the Redhawks. Then, on Sunday against No. 22 Marquette, Tejada scored the second of three ISU goals, as the Redbirds held on for a 3-2 upset victory against the Golden Eagles.
Tejada leads the Valley in points (15) and goals (six), while being tied for second with three assists. She is tied for the program's all-time assists mark, with 22, and is second all-time in points (112, with 126 being the record) and goals (45, with 59 being the record).
Newsom was solid when called upon to earn her first shutout of the season in ISU's 4-0 victory over SEMO, Friday, before coming up big numerous times as the Redbirds held on for a 3-2 win over No. 22 Marquette, Sunday. Against the Redhawks, Newsom made two saves, both coming in the first half, to post the clean sheet. She was much busier Sunday, however, making a career-high 13 saves in the win over the Golden Eagles. After the Redbirds jumped out to a 3-0 first-half lead, Marquette put its attack in to high gear, drawing within one in the 74th minute. Newsom stood tall, though, making 10 of her 13 saves in the second half.
With the two victories, Newsom moved into second on the program's all-time list, with 25. She also moved into third place all-time with 177 saves.
The Redbirds continue their four-game homestand against Saint Louis, today at 4 p.m.
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