OTTAWA (CIS) – Soccer players Marie-Eve Jacques from the University of Sherbrooke and Cochrane Noseworthy-Smith from Acadia University are the Canadian Interuniversity Sport female and male athletes of the week for the period ending Sept. 8, 2013.
Jacques, a second-year business administration student from Sherbrooke, Que., scored four of her team's five goals last weekend, including both game-winners, as the nationally fifth-ranked Vert & Or kicked off their RSEQ schedule with a pair of shutout wins, 2-0 at UQTR and 3-0 at home versus McGill. After tallying the first goal of the game on a penalty in Friday's season opener at Trois-Rivières, the 5-foot-7 striker accounted for all the scoring Sunday against the Martlets thanks to a natural hat trick. Jacques was named RSEQ rookie of the year and a first-team conference all-star in her university debut last season.
Acadia rugby player Rachel Chapman, Guelph soccer player Erica Bain and Regina soccer player Meagan Cormier were also nominated for the women's award.
Noseworthy-Smith, a third-year business student from Wolfville, N.S., also netted back-to-back game-winning goals as the No. 9-ranked Axemen (2-0) opened the AUS campaign with a 3-1 victory over Mount Allison and a 1-0 shutout of the Cape Breton Capers, the defending conference champions and reigning CIS finalists. The 5-foot-11 midfielder found the back of the net in the 54th minute Friday night against Mount Allison to give Acadia a 2-0 lead, and then scored a dramatic game-winner in the 89th minute against Cape Breton on Sunday.
Soccer players Samuel Leblanc of Montreal, Nate Morris of McMaster and Izak Lawrence of Calgary were the other male nominees.