Miaci, Hupfeld Claim AMC Honors
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
by Steve Wilson
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Hannibal-LaGrange University vaulted into first place in the American Midwest Conference women's soccer standings with a pair of wins last week, and two Trojans - Ashley Hupfeld and Fernanda Miaci - turned the winning week into AMC player of the week honors.
Hupfeld, a freshman from Fenton, Mo., was named AMC Defensive Player of the Week, helping the Trojans outscore their opponents 5-1, last week, and Fernanda Miaci, a junior from Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, was named AMC Offensive Player of the Week after netting all five goals for the Trojans in the two-game stretch.
Miaci recorded both game winners for HLG, which opened with a midweek win over Missouri Baptist University before taking over first place in the AMC Saturday, knocking Park University out of the top spot with the game's only score.
She had four goals against Missouri Baptist, and her goal against the Pirates came in the 108th minute, helping HLG to the double-overtime win and improving the Trojans to 8-7, 7-2 in the AMC. Miaci is HLG's all-time scoring leader with 41 goals and she is the AMC's leading scorer in 2011, finding the back of the net 16 times. She also ranks No. 2 in the NAIA in shots per game.
Hupfeld earned her first-career weekly award from the AMC after anchoring HLG's defense through the two wins, including keeping Park University's potent offense off of the scoreboard for nearly 108 minutes before the Trojans struck with the game winner in double OT.
The Trojans can capture no worse than a tie for the regular-season championship in the AMC with a win over Missouri Baptist on Saturday, with the Spartans representing the only conference opponent left on the schedule for HLG in 2011. Wednesday, HLG plays Iowa Wesleyan, and the Trojans end the season on Oct. 27 at McKendree.
HLGU is a Division I NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) school and a member of the American Midwest Conference.
Contact InformationCarolyn Carpenter
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