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October 31, 2005

PSU Soccer Players named Little East Conference Players of the Week

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two members of Plymouth State University's soccer teams were recognized Monday as Little East Conference Players of the Week in their respective sports.

Freshman Semir Mehmedovic (Franklin, N.H.) was named LEC Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, while senior Hayley Quinones (Waitsfield, Vt.) was selected the LEC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. They were honored on the eve of the annual LEC Championship Tournaments, which take place this week at campus sites around the Little East.

A 5'7", 133-pound forward, Mehmedovic (left) scored three goals and added one assist in PSU's 2-0-0 week. He scored three second-half goals in a 7-0 PSU win over Thomas on Thursday, and he assisted on PSU's second goal in a 3-0 LEC win over UMass Dartmouth on Saturday. Mehmedovic was named LEC Rookie of the Week once last month.

PSU's leading scorer, Mehmedovic enters this week's LEC Tournament in seventh place in the conference in both goals (10) and points (25). His 10 goals this season are the most for a PSU scorer since Kevin Martin scored 10 in 1999.

 

A 5'6" keeper, Quinones (right) allowed only one goal in 200 minutes of action, posting a 1-0-1 record with a 0.45 goals against average and 18 saves. She made 12 saves in PSU's key 1-0 upset victory over Southern Maine, which helped the Panthers secure the final LEC Tournament berth, and she made six saves in PSU's 1-1 tie with UMass Dartmouth which clinched the play-off spot.

A four-year starter in goal for PSU, Quinones goes into this week's LEC Tournament with a 1.83 goals against average and 97 saves. Her whitewash of Southern Maine last week was her second shutout of the season and the 12th of her career.

Both Panther soccer teams will be in LEC Tournament action in mid-week. PSU is the sixth seed in the women's tourney, and visits third-seeded Keene State for a first-round match on Tuesday (2:00 p.m.). Plymouth State is the third seed in the men's tournament, and travels to second-seeded Rhode Island College on Wednesday for a semifinal contest (2:00 p.m.)

 

The LEC Championship games are slated for Saturday, with the champions receiving automatics berths into the NCAA Division III Championships.

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