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College soccer stars honored

This has nothing to do with college soccer, but thanks to media like Sports Illustrated, this is how soccer stars like Alex Morgan get rich and famous.

Two of the area’s NCAA Division I soccer players were honored by their conferences for top performances. Georgetown’s Vanessa Skrumbis and George Mason’s Kaila Williams (Woodbridge High) impressed coaches and sports information directors with their efforts.

Skrumbis was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week Sept. 1 after scoring four goals and adding an assist in two games last week. She helped lead the No. 20 Hoyas (3-0-1) to a pair of wins, beating North Carolina State, 6-0, on Friday, and then posting a 5-0 road win at Towson on Sunday.

Skrumbis scored two goals and had an assist in the 6-0 win over the Wolfpack in Friday’s home opener against N.C. State. GU jumped out to a 4-0 halftime lead at Towson with Skrumbis scoring two goals in the span of 36 seconds. It was the third time this season Skrumbis has scored two goals in a game.

Skrumbis has scored 13 points this season and is tied for the team lead in scoring with senior midfielder Daphne Corboz, who scored three goals and had three assists in last week’s wins.

Williams received the Atlantic 10 Conference women’s soccer Co-Rookie of the Week Sept. 2. Williams scored a goal helping lead George Mason to their first victory of the season, 2-1 over American, on Sunday.

“Kaila is a dynamic team player on the field and truly a special addition to our squad,” Coach Diane Drake. “I believe she will bring another level to our team this season and we are honored she gained this early honor.”

Liz Agiato scored what would be the game winner stealing the ball and finding net from 20 yards out. Lindsey Muri scored for AU at 70:37. Both teams are now 1-2.

The Hoyas visit No. 4 Virginia Tech in the first round of the Hokies’ tournament Sept.4. Kickoff is slated for 7 pm. Mason returns to action this weekend at the Ohio State Tournament. The Patriots open play against Indiana Sept. 5 at 4 pm.

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