Women’s soccer player receives national award

Greg Patuto, Staff Writer

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Kimberly Vogan, a sophomore physician assistant major, was selected as the Disney Women’s Soccer/National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III Player of the Week. She is the first athlete at Marywood to ever receive this honor.

 After Vogan won Colonial States Athletic Conference Player of the Week, Marywood’s conference office submitted her name for nomination for the Disney Women’s Soccer/National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III Player of the Week.

“I was very honored to receive this award, and hope that there are more student athletes at Marywood to be recognized with this award for their hard work and dedication,” Vogan said.

Vogan was not hesitant to include her team as an important part to her success.

“Yes, I received the award but I would not have been able to be eligible for [it] without the help of my teammates on and off the field. We push each other to do our best out on the field allowing us to contribute to the team and this award in different ways,” Vogan proclaimed.

Head women’s soccer coach, Andrew Smith, agreed that this was a team effort.

“Kim has been a great leader on and off the field. She gets along well with all the players on the team off the field which translates to trust and great teamwork on the field,” he said.

Receiving a national award is a special honor for both the athlete and the program. Smith recognized Vogan’s excellence and knows that she is deserving of this award.

“We had been going through a really tough spell and dealing with a lot of injuries. Kim’s performance that week, and the recognition she got for it helped turn things around for us. We’ve been playing extremely well ever since,” Smith said.“It’s nice to see her getting recognized by the NSCAA, but it is also great to get the name of our program out across the country.”

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