Freshman Maddie Cornell of the Oglethorpe women's soccer team has been named the SAAC Female Athlete of the Week for her efforts in the team's 2-1 season-opening victory over Agnes Scott on Friday.
Cornell earned SAA Offensive Player of the Week honors after tallying a goal and an assist in her first collegiate game. She played with the poise of an upperclassman, even with the Petrels down a goal early. With the team down 1-0, Cornell followed a Jalisa Kassam free kick into the box and pounced when the Agnes Scott goalkeeper was unable to catch the ball cleanly, tying the game at 1-1. Later in the game, Cornell sent in a perfect corner kick that Petrel striker Medina Besic only had to redirect toward goal from the near post. That goal gave the Petrels a lead which they would never relinquish.
Cornell and the rest of the Petrels will be in action again at the Oglethorpe Track and Field Wednesday evening, when they take on in-state opponent Wesleyan at 7 p.m. After that, the Petrels will head north to Dayton, Tennessee, for a battle with NAIA opponent Bryan Friday at 5 p.m.