In a rare occurrence, two Brenau University soccer players earned Southern States Athletic Conference player-of-the-week honors simultaneously for their work on both offensive and defensive sides of the field which helped the Golden Tigers advance to No. 13 in this week’s national rankings.
The SSAC top conference honored senior forward Esther Anyanwu and junior forward Elizabeth Campbell for their stellar performances in two Golden Tigers road victories last week.
SSAC Offensive Player of the Week Anyanwu, who is from Lagos, Nigeria, scored three goals — a hat trick — in a 5-2 win over Bethel University on Oct. 25 to break Brenau’s all-time scoring record.
She then helped the Tigers, at the time ranked No. 17 in the nation, shut out No. 12 Martin Methodist College 4-0, scoring two goals and recording two assists in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Women’s Soccer Match of the Week.
Anyanwu holds the career scoring record at Georgia Perimeter College, where she was a junior college All-American. She followed suit at Brenau. She now has 51 goals for Brenau. In just two years with the Golden Tigers, Anyanwu has eclipsed Brenau standout Lily Futrell’s mark of 46 goals set from 2005-09.
A day later, Campbell was a crucial part of Brenau’s stifling defense as the Golden Tigers became only the third team to shut out the Redhawks this season
Brenau (12-3-1, 8-1 SSAC) is riding a five-match winning streak going into its final regular-season home match against Emmanuel College on Thursday at 6 p.m. The Golden Tigers, who hold sole possession of second place in the conference behind No. 10 William Carey, conclude their regular season Saturday at Southern Wesleyan University.
The Brenau team on Sept. 28 lost a heartbreaker to William Carey 2-1 in the second overtime.
With the road wins the Golden Tigers moved up four spots in national rankings to No. 13 in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll.