Rutgers-Newark’s Ettayebi, TCNJ’s Byrum and Rowan’s Giordano earn NJAC Women’s Football Weekly Honors
PITMAN, NJ — The New Jersey Athletic Conference has announced its weekly women’s soccer honors for the week ending Sept. 25.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LEILA ETTAYEBI • Rutgers-Newark
Year Two • Midfielder • Clifton, NJ/Clifton
Ettayebi earns her first NJAC Offensive Player of the Week Award Earning her first NJAC Player of the Week Award after a three-goal week as Rutgers-Newark went 2-1. She scored twice in a 3-0 non-conference win over Sarah Lawrence before adding a goal in the Scarlet Raiders’ 4-1 conference opener win over Stockton. The win marked the first against the Ospreys since 2009. Ettayebi has been a leader in the Raiders’ success this year, leading the team and NJAC with eight goals. His eight goals also rank 14th in the country.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CORINNE BYRUM • The College of New Jersey
Sophomore • Goalie • Clemmons, NC/West Forsyth
Byrum earns her first NJAC Defensive Player of the Week honor after posting two shutouts for the Lions last week. She made a total of seven saves in the Lions’ two wins. She stopped three key shots in the TCNJ’s 1-0 win over regionally ranked Stevens and followed that up with four more in the NJAC Lions’ 6-0 win over Ramapo on Saturday. The sophomore goaltender currently ranks third in the NJAC with a .913 goals-against-average.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
OLIVIA GIORDANO • Rowan University
Freshman • Forward • Millville, NJ/Millville
Giordano becomes the second teacher to earn NJAC Rookie of the Week honors, joining Week 2 winner Lianna SanFelice. She scored twice Saturday in Rowan’s 4-0 conference opener win at Kean, which capped off an unbeaten week for Profs. She scored the match winner in the 10th minute and added her second to give Rowan a 4-0 lead in the 57th minute. The rookie forward currently has five goals this season to rank in the NJAC top 10.