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Winthrop roundup: 2 Eagles honored for soccer efforts

Junior defensive midfielder Magnus Thorsson and senior Guilherme Avelar have been recognized for their efforts last week in helping the Winthrop men’s soccer team improve to 7-2.

Thorsson was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week while Avelar was named the Big South Defensive Player of the Week. Thorsson scored three goals in two games last week, including the game-winning goal in both contests. He now has a team-best five goals on the season, which ranks second in the league. Avelar earned his third career Defensive Player of the Week honor in the Big South as he made five saves to preserve a shutout in a 2-0 win over Liberty in the team’s conference opener. Avelar made two big saves down the stretch with full extension dives.

This is the second time in Thorsson’s career he’s been named to the national team of the week by College Soccer News.

• The Winthrop men’s soccer team improved to 7-2 on the year last week with wins over East Tennessee State and Liberty which has brought some attention from the national polls.

The Eagles showed up at 26th in the Top 25 poll released on Monday and received votes in the College Soccer News Top 30 Poll, which ranks them 44th. Winthrop is currently 35th according to UNC Wilmington, which the Eagles defeated 2-1 on Sept. 7, is ranked 22nd in the nation by both and College Soccer News with a massey rating of 20.

The first NCAA RPI was also released on Monday as the Eagles rank 10th. The NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25 Poll and Soccer America Top 25 poll as well as the regional rankings will not be released until Tuesday.


Lenz named player of the week: Junior Rachel Lenz has been named the Big South Defensive Player of the Week after her performance in two conference games last week, it was announced Monday by the conference office.

Lenz, a middle blocker from Lancaster, PA, earns her first conference award of the year and her second in her three-year Eagle career.

The Eagles opened conference play on Friday at Coastal Carolina and Lenz was a big part of the Eagles come-from-behind victory in the third set. Lenz helped the Eagles close the set on a 6-0 run where she had a solo block, a block assist and a kill in the run. Lenz finished with four blocks and six kills against the Chanticleers.

Winthrop will host its final non-conference contest on Tuesday against USC Upstate and then will return to conference play on Friday, hosting the Presbyterian Blue Hose.


Johnson hired as women’s basketball director of operations: Chelsea Johnson has been hired by Winthrop Athletics to serve as the women’s basketball director of operations. She replaces Steve Yang who accepted a college coaching position recently in Illinois.

As director of basketball operations, Johnson oversees Winthrop’s film exchange and equipment operations, coordinates team travel arrangements, and will assist with the summer basketball camps.

Johnson, a native of Stafford, Texas, came to Winthrop after serving the past two years as a student assistant in the athletic director’s office at her alma mater, the University of Arkansas-Monticello. While at UA-Monticello, she also served as a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Activities and as a resident’s hall director.

Johnson earned a degree in business administration and management in 2012 before entering graduate school.