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Fuston, Crowder & Mercado Win Big 12 Soccer Weekly Awards
August 28, 2012

Jessica Fuston (Texas Tech), Jess Crowder (West Virginia) and Madison Mercado (Oklahoma State) have earned Big 12 Soccer Player of the Week accolades for games played from Aug. 24-26. This marks the fourth award for Fuston over her career and is the first weekly honor for both Crowder and Mercado.

Offensive Player of the Week
Jessica Fuston, Texas Tech, F, Jr., Cedar Park, Texas
Fuston scored three goals, two in the span of just 2:50, against Montana to match a career-high and propel the Red Raiders to a 4-0 win in their finale at the TCU Invitational this weekend. Her hat trick brought her season total to four goals after just four matches this season as she has helped Texas Tech to its best start (4-0-0) since 2010. Fuston leads the Big 12 in goals (4) points (8).

Defensive Player of the Week
Jess Crowder, West Virginia, D, So., Cary, N.C.
Crowder made her first career start at defender, after starting the previous two games at midfield, where she helped the WVU defense record its first shutout of the season against defending national champion Stanford. The Cardinal was held without a goal, snapping a 25-game streak of scoring at least one goal. Crowder helped the Mountaineer defense allow only one shot on-goal and one corner kick on the day.

Newcomer of the Week
Madison Mercado, Oklahoma State, MF, Fr., Sapulpa, Okla.
Mercado started at midfielder for both of OSU's weekend wins as the third-ranked Cowgirls improved to 4-0-0 and remained one of only two undefeated teams in the Big 12.  In Sunday's 4-1 win over Creighton, Mercado scored two goals, becoming the first OSU freshman to record multiple goals in a game since 2010. The first goal of her collegiate career tied the game at 1-1, and her late goal sealed the win for the Cowgirls.

Date Offensive Player of the Week Defensive Player of the Week Newcomer of the Week
8/21 Emily Goldstein (Iowa State) Maddie Jobe (Iowa State) Ashley Williams (Kansas)
8/28 Jessica Fuston (Texas Tech) Jess Crowder (West Virginia) Madison Mercado (Oklahoma State)

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