Gage Wins Wildcats' Third Straight Player Of The Week Award
Oct. 11, 1999
LEXINGTON, Kty. - For an unprecedented third consecutive week, a member of the UK women's soccer team has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week. Annie Gage, a sophomore forward, was named the SEC Player of the Week today by the SEC office. Also, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America released its weekly top-25 poll today and UK jumped five spots to No. 19 after its ninth straight win on Sunday.
On Sept. 27, Gage was honored as the league's top player of the week while freshman Keri Boyce received the honor last week. This is the first time in the history of SEC soccer that one school has received Player of the Week honors three consecutive times.
"Annie has played great for us all season," UK coach Warren Lipka said. "Coming off a torn ACL last year, she hasn't lost a step and is one of our leaders on the field. It's nice for our players to be recognized for their accomplishments but the individual honors reflect on the success of our team as well."
Gage scored three goals, two of which were game-winning goals, in the Cats' two wins last week. On Friday, she scored the game's only goal as the Cats defeated Cincinnati 1-0. In UK's 5-2 victory over Vanderbilt on Sunday, Gage nailed a penalty kick to give UK a 2-1 lead in the first half and later broke a 2-2 tie to give the Cats their school-record ninth consecutive win. She took nine shots in the match, tying the UK school record for shots in a game.
The Westerville, Ohio native has scored six goals in the Cats' last five games. Gage leads UK (10-2-1, 4-1 SEC) in goals scored with 10 and in points with 25. She needs two goals to tie the UK record for goals scored in a single season.
With the Cats ranked 19th, it's the highest ranking for a UK women's soccer team in the program's eight year history. The Cats are ranked third in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region top-10 poll behind Notre Dame and Michigan.
Freshman goalkeeper Jo Fletcher will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a broken right hand. The injury was originally diagnosed as a sprain but x-rays revealed a broken bone.