Soccer player

OKWU Athlete of the Week is a soccer player

When it comes to taking on Oklahoma Wesleyan University, opposing women’s soccer teams might turn to the question posed in a song from a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical: “How do you solve a problem like Maria ?”

The answer is not easy. Maybe there isn’t.

OKWU Lady Eagle striker Laura Maria is like a force of nature on the turf, a slippery storm that gathers bursts and movement before unleashing one last burst to put the ball in the net – or to break it to an open teammate to finish out of the score.

Maria was a catalyst for the team’s success. With her on the roster, the Lady Eagles are undefeated (40-0) in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference action since the start of the 2019 season. So far in 2022, the OKWU ladies have a record 8-0 overall and 3-0 in conference.

All credit goes to Maria – she leads the country in goals (17) and points (39), and has provided five assists.

With around 57% of this season remaining, Maria is on track to hit career highs in major stats.

His career totals to date are: 80 goals, 50 assists, 210 points, 15 game-winning goals and 182 shots on goal.

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Perhaps Hammerstein said it best in his lyrics in the aforementioned song from “Sound of Music”: “How do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you catch a cloud and stare at it? “

Other OKWU leaders

OKWU women’s football also has a few players in the national stats.

Goaltender Nerea Perez Mora ranks fourth in save percentage (.962).