Junior Liana Salazar and freshmen Kaitlyn Fahrner (Oklahoma) and Precious Akanyirige (Baylor) have been chosen as the latest Big 12 soccer weekly award winners, it has been announced. Salazar and Akanyirige are recognized for the first time.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Liana Salazar, Kansas, Jr., MF, Bogotá, Colombia/Instituto Pedagogico Nacional
Salazar helped the Jayhawks improve to 4-0 this season as KU recorded wins over UTSA and No. 24 Wake Forest. The junior midfielder finished the weekend with three goals and one assist in the two matches. Her top performance came against the Demon Deacons, as she tallied the eventual game-winner on a penalty kick in the 48th minute before adding her fifth score of the year in the 90th minute. Salazar leads the Big 12 in points (11) and goals (5) this season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kaitlyn Fahrner, Oklahoma, Fr., GK, Las Vegas, Nev./Coronado
Fahrner wins defensive accolades for the second consecutive week after she tallied nine saves versus two top-ranked opponents in No. 2 Florida State and No. 6 Florida. The freshman goalie helped the Sooners hand the Gators their first loss of the year, recording four saves. She also had nine stops versus the Seminoles, surrendering just one goal. Fahrner is tied for the conference lead in save percentage (.857) and ranks second in saves (18).
NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Precious Akanyirige, Baylor, Fr., F, Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill
Akanyirige took just one shot in two games during the week but made it count, converting the game-winner as Baylor won at No. 23 BYU. After her teammate corralled a goalie kick in the 46th minute, she took the pass and booted a left-footed shot to the top left of the goal in a one-on-one situation with BYU’s goalie. Akanyirige has played in all four of BU’s games this year, taking five shots on goal.
2014 Big 12 Soccer Weekly Awards
Date Offensive Defensive Newcomer
8/26 Kelsie Maloney, WVU, Jr. Kaitlyn Fahrner, OU, Fr. Lizzie Luallin, OU, Fr.
9/2 Liana Salazar, Kansas, Jr. Kaitlyn Fahrner, OU, Fr. Precious Akanyirige, BU, Fr.