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Ryan becomes 1st OC women’s soccer player to win Heartland award

OC senior Addie Ryan (left) makes a tackle during Saturday's game against Angelo State. Ryan was named as the Heartland Conference's women's soccer defensive player of the week.
OC senior Addie Ryan (left) makes a tackle during Saturday's game against Angelo State. Ryan was named as the Heartland Conference's women's soccer defensive player of the week.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 2, 2013) – Addie Ryan became the first Oklahoma Christian women’s soccer player to receive a weekly honor from the Heartland Conference when she was named Wednesday as the league’s defensive player of the week.

Ryan, a senior defender-midfielder from Edmond, was honored for her performance in two games, a 2-1 win over previously undefeated Southwestern Christian last Wednesday and a 3-1 loss to Angelo State (Texas) on Saturday.

An anchor on the Lady Eagles’ defensive back line, Ryan was all over the field in both of OC's games this past week. Against previously undefeated Southwestern Christian, her touch off a corner kick led to the game-winning goal by Somer Helms in the 76th minute, capping a comeback from a halftime deficit.

Against Angelo State, she assisted on OC's first-half goal, also by Helms, then later cleared a ball off the goal line to quell an Angelo State scoring threat later in the half. She also cleared another ball off the goal line in the second half, just as officials were signaling an offside violation on Angelo State.

OC is in its second year of membership in the NCAA Division II Heartland Conference. Ryan’s player-of-the-week award was the first for an OC player since Angela Pete was named as the Sooner Athletic Conference’s offensive player of the week for the final week of the 2011 regular season.