IRVING, Texas – Junior Nia Stallings has been named the Conference USA Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced from its headquarters in Irving, Texas, on Monday (Oct. 10).
Stallings helped pace Rice to a pair of league road wins over the weekend at UTSA and UTEP by scoring goals in both matches. On Friday she scored the go-ahead goal against UTSA in her hometown of San Antonio, then assisted on Rice's game-winning goal. On Sunday she netted what proved to be the game-winner at UTEP, her third goal of the season to share the Owls' team lead. In playing all 180 minutes in the two games, Stallings finished with two goals and an assist to go along with five shots. She finished the weekend with a .600 shots-on-goal percentage and .400 shot-percentage. This is Stallings’ first C-USA Player of the Week award of the season and second of her career.
The other C-USA honorees included Western Kentucky’s Allison Leone as the Goalkeeper of the Week. UTSA’s Alexis Alaniz was named Defensive Player of the Week.
Stallings is the third Rice player to earn a C-USA weekly honor in soccer this year. Earlier this season Owls Mary Claire Danilevics and Jenny Fichera were each named the C-USA Defender of the Week for Aug. 29 and Sept. 26, respectively.
Rice is now 7-4-1 on the season and 4-2-0 in C-USA league play for 12 points in the conference standings. The Owls next play at Middle Tennessee on Friday (Oct. 14).