Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) has claimed two more Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) player of the week awards which were announced by the league office on Tuesday. Women’s goalkeeper Gabriela Lopez won the defensive player of the week while men’s defender Angel De la Garza won the men’s version of the award.
Lopez only needed one match this week to claim the award as she managed a clean sheet in the 3-0 win over Huston-Tillotson. That result gave Lopez a new OLLU soccer record as that was her 12th career clean sheet to create a new career record.
She managed four saves throughout the match, managing a full 90 minutes in the result giving her her 11th win of the season. She currently sits second in the conference for goals allowed with a 0.76 mark, as OLLU sit top of the table.
De La Garza leads the backline of the Saints’ men’s team and another strong performance at the back gave De La Garza the award on the men’s side. The men also managed a shutout against Huston-Tillotson, winning that match 7-0.
In marshalling the OLLU defense De La Garza helped keep Huston-Tillotson down to just one shot on goal through the 90 minutes. De La Garza also proved useful going forward, often providing the link between defense and attack to kick off plays.
It was the second straight week that an OLLU player had won the men’s defensive player of the week award after Jorge Cavazos won a week ago. For the women it’s the first win since August 29th when Maggie Miller won the award in the opening week.