Tejada Earns Third MVC Accolade of 2012
Sept. 18, 2012
ST. LOUIS - For the third time this season, Illinois State soccer sophomore Rachel Tejada has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office Tuesday. Tejada scored one goal and added two assists in the Redbirds' road wins over Bowling Green and Toledo.
Tejada's 10th goal of the season came Friday night, Sept. 14, against the Falcons. Her tally in the 69th minute put the Redbirds ahead 2-0, with ISU holding on for a 2-1 victory. She currently ranks fourth in the nation in goals, just one behind a three-way tie for first.
The Troy, Ill., native also picked up an assist in each match. Against the Falcons, Tejada assisted on Kyla Cross' game-winning goal, while she found freshman Sarah Mussallem for the game's lone goal in ISU's 1-0 win over the Rockets Sunday, Sept. 16. Her three assists tie her for the team lead.
Tejada's 31-career goals rank her second on the program's all-time list, with Annie Wayland's 59 leading the way. Also, her 74-career points put her six behind Jess Carlson for second place, while Wayland has 126. She has also climbed to third on the all-time assists list with 12.
In addition to being fourth nationally in goals, Tejada also sits in the top-ten for points (5th with 23), points per game (7th with 2.56) and goals per game (7th with 1.11). She also leads the Valley by wide margins in goals, goals per game, points and points per game, while being second in assists, assists per game (0.33), game-winning goals (2) and shots (31). Tejada also earned seven MVC weekly accolades last season.
As a freshman in 2011, Tejada scored 21 goals, while tallying nine assists on her way to being named the conference's player and freshman of the year.
Tejada and the Redbirds are next in action Wednesday afternoon against the Phoenix of Green Bay. Kick-off is set for 3 p.m., at Adelaide Street Field.
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