Penalty kicks decide outcome in American Athletic Conference semifnial
Four Lady Tigers earn conference accolades
Sanderson recognized as NSCAA and TopDrawerSoccer.com National Player of the Week
Sanderson scores twice to lead Memphis to American Conference Tournament semifinals
This week on Tiger Bites meet freshman Valerie Sanderson of the Memphis women's soccer team.
2013 (Freshman) -American Athletic Conference second team ... American Athletic Conference All-Rookie team ... Started in all 21 matches ... Set freshman program records for goals (17), points (37) and game-winning goals (5) ... Scored first goal in season-opening win against Samford on Aug. 23 .. Had hat trick at Middle Tennessee on Sept. 1 to net American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors ... Had goal and assist in the 6-0 win against Alabama on Sept. 13 ... Had game-winning goal at Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 20 ... Had two goals and assist in the 4-0 win at FAU on Sept. 22 to earn American Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for a second time ... Scored first goal in league play at Louisville on Sept. 27 ... Had goal in 2-1 win against SMU on Oct. 10 ... Scored goal in loss at UCF on Oct. 20 ... Had goal in 3-0 win against Temple on Oct. 24 and followed with game-winner against UConn on Oct. 27 ... Entered conference tournament with three-game scoring streak and scored twice against Houston, including the game-winner ... Also added assist against Houston for five-point match ... Scored two goals against Louisville in quarterfinal, including golden goal ... Picked up Disney/NSCAA National Player of the Week and TopDrawerSoccer.com National Player of the Week honors after four goals and assist in the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 3.
Prior to Memphis -ACanadian U17 and U20 standout ... Played for U17 squad at the 2012 FIFA World Cup in Azerbaijian, scoring a goal before the side was eliminated in the quarterfinals ... In summer of 2012, helped U17 team to a silver medal at the CONCACAF Women's Championship in Guatemala ... Helped Team Quebec to three silver medals and a bronze over the last four years ... Played club soccer for FC Boisbriand and earned championships in 2009 and 2011 ... Named Club Elite Player of the Year in 2009 ... Top goal scorer in 2009 and 2010.
Personal - Daughter of Kevin Sanderson and Catherine Marceau ... Originially signed as part of 2012 signing class, but didn't enroll until spring 2013 semester after playing in FIFA U17 World Cup in fall of 2012 ... Enjoys listening to music, arts and crafts, swimming and skating.