IRVING, Texas – Senior Jasmine Isokpunwu has been named the Conference USA Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced from its headquarters in Irving, Texas, on Monday (Oct. 24).
Isokpunwu helped Rice go 2-0 in a week that included two complete game shutouts for the Owl defense against Old Dominion and Charlotte. She shared the team lead by playing all 180 minutes and helped clear away scoring threats in both games so that the two opponents finished the week with a combined 11 shots, and only four of those were on-goal. The native of Austin, Texas, also showed some versatility by coming forward to score an insurance goal against Charlotte. This is Isokpunwu’s first C-USA Player of the Week award of her career.
The other C-USA honorees this week were both from North Texas. Miranda Schoening was named the Goalkeeper of the Week and Michelle Davis was the Offensive Player of the Week.
Isokpunwu is the fourth Rice player to earn a C-USA weekly honor in soccer this year. Two weeks ago junior forward Nia Stallings was named league’s Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 11. 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 10-4-1 on the season and 7-2-0 in C-USA league play for 21 points in the conference standings. The Owls are in a three-way tie for first place atop the conference standings with one regular season game left to play. Rice is next at Florida Atlantic on Friday (Oct. 28).