Brentwood, TN – Two Austin Peay State University women’s soccer players earned Ohio Valley Conference weekly honors, the conference office announced Tuesday. Freshman Gina Fabbro took Offensive Player of the Week honors while junior Shelby Olszewski was named Defensive Player of the Week.
Fabbro scored twice in the Lady Govs 3-2 comeback victory at St. Bonaventure, Friday. Trailing 2-1 in the second half, the Coquitlam, British Columbia native scored the equalizer in the 77th minute and netted the game winner – her conference-leading third during the 2013 campaign – in the 88th minute to keep the Lady Govs unbeaten streak alive.
“It benefits us to have threats offensively – like Gina, Andy (Quiceno) and Courtney (Sheppard) – to take some of the pressure away from Tatiana,” said head coach Kelley Guth. “Gina’s put herself in position to score important goals for us. She’s such a hardworking player; it’s nice to see her get the benefits from her hard work paying off.”
Olszewski netted her season’s second goal in the fourth minute against St. Bonaventure, giving the Lady Govs an early lead. She played 143 minutes on the weekend, helping the Lady Govs hold off St. Bonaventure and force a double-overtime effort at Buffalo. Olszewski’s five points are tied for ninth in the OVC in 2013.
“Shelby’s playing really well,” Guth said. “She’s getting into her comfort zone. She’s a ballwinner, great in the air and a threat offensively. She’s come on really strong and helped our backline.”
Austin Peay has staked a claim to the Defensive Player of the Week award in 2013, winning three of the first four honors after winning the award just six times since its inception in 2003. This is Olszewski’s second honor – she also won the season’s inaugural award, August 27th. Senior Emily Kink won last week’s award. It marks the first time two Lady Govs have won weekly awards in the same week since Tatiana Ariza (Offensive) and Haylee Shoaff (Defensive) took weekly honors October 23rd, 2012.
The Lady Govs are off this weekend before opening the OVC schedule at home against defending OVC Tournament champion UT Martin, 7:00pm, Friday, September 27th in a rematch of last season’s OVC Tournament Championship contest.