Sept. 8, 2008
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sophomore defender Megan Eddings was named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week after helping lead Vanderbilt to a pair of wins over East Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech this past weekend.
The Commodores defeated the Bucs, 3-0, and the Golden Eagles, 4-1, to remain unbeaten on the season at 5-0.
Eddings has been one of the main catalysts in the Commodores defensive success this season. The team has recorded three shutouts in the first five games and has allowed just two goals in 2008.
Over the weekend, the team faced just four shots on goal and has allowed just 12 all year. In comparison the Vanderbilt offensive attack has 70 for an average of 14 shots on goal per game.
Eddings helped out on the offensive end as well, scoring the game-winning goal in the Commodores 3-0 win over ETSU. It was her first collegiate score. She is the second VU player to pick up SEC weekly honors, joining freshman Catherine Wearn who was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week two weeks ago.
Vanderbilt also moved up in the regional polls this week. The Dores went from No. 15 to No. 10 in SoccerBuzz.com’s Central Region ranking. The Commodores also entered the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Central Region rankings this week at No. 13.
Vanderbilt closes out a four-game road swing this week with a pair of games in Missouri. The Commodores will face nationally ranked Missouri (2-2) on Friday at 6:30 p.m., before closing out the skein against Saint Louis (3-0-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m.