Soccer's Yepez Receives National Honors
BATON ROUGE — After being named the Most Valuable Player at the 2007 Long’s Electronics Samford Classic in Birmingham, Ala., this weekend, LSU forward Rachel Yepez has been named to two National Teams of the Week released Tuesday.
Yepez has been named to both the Soccer Buzz National Elite Team of the Week and the Top Drawer Soccer Women’s College Team of the Week for her outstanding performance.
She scored an SEC leading four goals on the weekend against a pair of regionally-ranked foes, recording her first career hat trick in LSU’s 7-2 win over Memphis on Thursday while scoring the first goal of the match in its 4-1 win over Miami on Saturday.
Yepez’s hat trick is the first for a Tiger since teammate and fellow sophomore Michelle Makasini accomplished the feat in a 3-0 shutout of the South Alabama Jaguars on Sept. 15, 2006.
“Rachel made really big strides from the opening weekend to the second weekend,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “Nobody in the country has worked harder than Rachel since last season, and no one deserves this kind of success as much as she does. We’re going to need that kind of production from her as we move into the meat of our schedule.”
The native of Fayetteville, N.C., has helped the Tigers to a perfect 4-0-0 start as she is currently the team’s leading goal scorer and is also tied atop the standings in the Southeastern Conference. She is also tied for fourth in the conference in scoring with eight points on the young season.
Soccer Buzz National Elite Team of the Week (Sept. 11)
Danesha Adams, Sr., UCLA
Kiki Bosio, So., Santa Clara
Shannon Cusick, Jr., Marquette
Allison Falk, Jr., Stanford
Molly Franklin, So., Clemson
Ashley Harris, Sr., Florida
Brittany Henderson, So., Loyola (Md.)
Krystle Kallman, Jr., West Virginia
Brittany Klein, Sr., Santa Clara
Savanah Levake, Jr., Arizona
Allie Long, Jr., North Carolina
Lauren Robertson, So., Ohio State
Allison Scurich, Sr., Washington State
Megan Sherrell, Sr., Baylor
Shauna Stapleton, Sr., Purdue
Jen Threlkeld, So., Middle Tennessee State
Cate Tisinger, Fr., James Madison
Rachel Yepez, So., LSU
Top Drawer Soccer Women’s College Team of the Week (Sept. 11)
Joanna Haig, GK, Louisville
Caroline Walden, D, Boston College
Courtney Hooker, D, California
Lauren Hyde, D, Florida
Megan Tomlinson, D, Georgia
Allie Long, M, North Carolina
Brittany Klein, M, Santa Clara
Shauna Stapleton, M, Purdue
Danesha Adams, F, UCLA
Kiki Bosio, F, Santa Clara
Rachel Yepez, F, LSU