Gilliland scored seven points in UK wins over UTSA and West Virginia, assisting on or scoring all five of the Wildcats' goals. The junior's efforts, as you might expect, have earned her a fair bit of recognition. She was named Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday and CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Player of the Week on Wednesday.
On top of that, she is featured in a pair of stories this week on espnW.com and SECDigitalNetwork.com.
First, Gilliland continued her series of blogs on espnW.com. In it, she writes about UK's four wins the last two weekends and the momentum the Cats are carrying into SEC play.
It was such a quick turnaround for Game 2. It was going to be a huge challenge for us because of all the hype of the previous game against Louisville. But we came out with just as much passion, aggression and grit and tallied up a 3-1 win over a very good Dayton team. Here's an excerpt.
So now we were sitting with four straight wins and two weekend sweeps. You cannot allow that to let you get lazy or arrogant. Next up was Texas-San Antonio and West Virginia at No. 10.
After a 1-0 victory over UTSA at home, we packed up on another bus trip, this time to the mountains of West Virginia. Once there, we stepped onto the field and wasted no time. I put a goal away in the first 10 seconds of the game. We were here and making a statement. We came out with a 4-2 win over WVU.
Third straight sweep, six straight wins: We are ready to take on the SEC!
Next, Sean Cartell posted an excellent profile of Gilliland on the SEC's official website. By now, you may have heard the story of Gilliland overcoming an ACL injury and the loss of her mother to cancer during her freshman season, but the story is worth a read regardless.