Maryland soccer forward Alyssa Poarch named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

Forward Alyssa Poarch dribbles with the ball in Maryland women's soccer's 2-1 upset win over No. 20 Rutgers on Sept. 28, 2019 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

Forward Alyssa Poarch was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after her performance in Maryland soccer’s upset win over Rutgers, the conference announced Tuesday.

Poarch becomes the third Terp to earn a Big Ten honor this season, joining defender Malikae Dayes and goalkeeper Erin Seppi.

The redshirt sophomore earned the honor after leading Maryland to a 2-1 win over the then-No. 20 Scarlet Knights on Sunday. Poarch scored her team-leading sixth goal and also tacked on an assist, sending a free kick into the box for midfielder Hope Lewandoski to finish.

Poarch becomes the first Maryland women’s soccer player to win Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week since then-forward Jarena Harmon did so in 2016.

The Terps continue with Big Ten play on the road against Ohio State on Thursday before returning home to play Illinois on Sunday. Last season, Maryland drew with the Buckeyes and fell 1-0 to the Fighting Illini.

Coach Ray Leone’s squad sits at 2-1 in conference play, placing them tied for third in the standings with Northwestern.

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