Baylor Soccer Sweeps Big 12 Weekly Honors

Posted at 5:10 PM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 18:10:31-04

Baylor soccer (10-3-2, 4-2-1 Big 12) capped off a strong weekend road trip to Kansas by sweeping all three Big 12 Player of the Week awards for the first time in program history, announced Tuesday afternoon by the conference office.

Precious Akanyirige earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, Aline De Lima was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, and Jennifer Wandt took home the Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors, with all three earning their respective awards for the first time.

Akanyirige, who previously won Big 12 Newcomer of the Week as a freshman in 2014, covered all 180 minutes over the weekend for the Bears, leading the effort to completely shut down the Kansas State and Kansas offenses. The BU defense allowed zero shots on goal, becoming the first team to do so in a Big 12 road win this season.

De Lima scored the gamewinner in the 78th minute at Kansas, her fourth goal of the season and her second gamewinner on the year.

Wandt continued her remarkable performance as a true freshman in goal, adding a Big 12-best fifth shutout and 0.40 goals against average in conference play. She made the play of the weekend for the Bears, saving a potential game-tying penalty kick for the Wildcats in the 83rd minute, preserving the win for BU.

The awards are the first for the Bears in 2017 and puts BU at 32 total selections over the program’s history.