Gage Named SEC Player Of The Week; UK Cracks Top-25
Sept. 27, 1999
Annie Gage, a sophomore forward on the UK women's soccer team, was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week today by the SEC office. It was also announced Monday that UK cracked the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top-25 poll for the first time since 1996.
Gage scored two goals and tallied an assist in UK's two SEC wins last week. She assisted on a goal in UK's 3-0 victory over Tennessee and scored two goals, including the game-winner, as the Cats upset the 12th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs 4-1 on Sunday. The Cats are tied for second in the SEC Eastern Division.
The Westerville, Ohio native has played a big part in the Cats' current five-game winning streak, having scored a point in five of UK's last six matches. Gage leads UK (6-2-1, 3-1 SEC) in goals scored with six and in points with 17. Gage's five assists are second highest on the team.
"It's a honor for Annie to be recognized by the SEC and she is deserving of this honor," UK coach Warren Lipka said. "This reflects on her hard work and the success of our team."
The NSCAA released its weekly top-25 poll today and the Cats are ranked 21st-nationally in the latest poll. This is UK's first Top-25 national ranking since 1996 when the Cats finished the season ranked 24th with a 13-6-2 record.
"We appreciate being recognized in the poll but our ultimate goal is to continue to get better, be able to challenge for the SEC Championship, and enter and advance in the NCAA Tournament."
In the NSCAA Great Lakes Region Top-10 poll, the Cats have jumped from sixth to third behind Notre Dame and Michigan.