Sep 3, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --On Tuesday, Southeastern Conference recognized Tennessee juniors Hannah Wilkinson and Julie Eckel for their outstanding play this past weekend. Wilkinson was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week and Eckel was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.
Tennessee (3-1-0) enjoyed two impressive wins on the weekend, upsetting No. 17 UCF, 2-1, on the road on Friday and shutting down James Madison, 2-0, at home on Sunday.
Wilkinson's and Eckel's SEC weekly nods mark just the third time in school history that two Tennessee players have received SEC weekly honors for the same week. On Oct. 22, 2012, Wilkinson and Eckel earned the same respective accolades after Tennessee defeated No. 9 Texas A&M, 1-0, and rallied back to beat Ole Miss, 2-1. On Oct. 31, 2005, when Ali Christoph received Offensive Player of the Week and Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart received Defensive Player of the Week.
Wilkinson, who was named the TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Week earlier on Tuesday, scored the match-winners in both of Tennessee's victories this weekend. At UCF on Friday, Wilkinson headed in a free kick from Cheyenne Spade for the winner in the 81st minute. On Sunday against James Madison, she recorded the first multi-goal performance of her collegiate career. Wilkinson scored goals in the fourth minute and the 77th minute, getting past the JMU keeper both times for open-net shots.
Eckel played 180 outstanding minutes in goal for Tennessee this week and went 2-0-0. She notched six saves against UCF and stood her ground on numerous one-on-one attempt, allowing Tennessee to come back with a pair of second-half scores to win the game. On Sunday, Eckel recorded her first shutout of the season and the 18th of her illustrious Tennessee career. Her 18 saves ranks third in Tennessee history. The two wins this week pushed Eckel's career total to 32 and moved her in third place in UT history, behind only Phillips-Bosshart (49) and Ellen Dean (46).
Tennessee will next host Dayton on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. Admission to all 2013 regular-season Tennessee soccer matches at Regal Soccer Stadium is free. The game will feature a free live video broadcast on UTSports.com with Brian Rice on the call, Tori Beeler Watson providing analysis and Dani Klupenger reporting from the sideline.