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Karli Royer, defenseman for the University of Cincinnati women’s soccer team, won the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week after scoring a game-winning goal in the team’s latest outing against the Virginia Tech Hokies.




Karli Royer, defenseman for the University of Cincinnati women’s soccer team, won the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week after scoring a game-winning goal in the team’s latest outing against the Virginia Tech Hokies. Goal by Royer, a 44and-minute free kick, goal by Royer, a 44andone-minute free kick, ended up being the difference that led to the victory for the Bearcats.

“I went to shoot and it went exactly where I wanted it,” Royer said of his free-kick. “[The celebration after] was pretty hyped, Camryn [Hartman] and I made a lump in my chest. For some reason, before the game, we said that if one of us scored, he would hit his chest.

Cincinnati’s 2-1 victory over the Hokies received votes in the NCAA’s national poll the previous week and marked a significant moment in the start of the season. Along with a hard-fought loss to Xavier, Royer’s performance against the Hokies was enough to earn him the honor.

“It’s a huge confidence boost,” Royer said. “It’s the first award I’ve really won, so it gives me a lot of motivation to improve.”

The strike against Virginia Tech was only the second goal of the defender’s career, but her other was just as important. A 88and-a one-minute game-winning goal against the University of South Florida in Royer’s first season secured her TopDrawerSoccer.comit is National team of the week in 2017.

The goal, scored on the talented Virginia Tech team, was long overdue for Royer, who is also a graduate student and has had to overcome adversity throughout her career.

“I have definitely [gone] through the challenges in my few years,” Royer said. “In second year I was injured and in junior my playing time was limited, so getting this award shows how much time and energy I invested.”

Royer, a native of Westerville, Ohio, has played in 51 games during his career, starting 41 of those games. Royer has already registered a goal and an assist this season and is looking for more action in the remaining 13 games the Bearcats have to play in the regular season.

Cincinnati still has Ball State University, Eastern Illinois University and the University of Michigan coming to town, and are at the University of Kansas before American Athletic Conference games start. Michigan is ranked No. 18 in the NCAA’s national poll, and the series history between the Bearcats and Wolverines is split even after just two games.

“We’re all very excited, especially on the momentum of a big win against Virginia Tech,” Royer said. “But we know it means nothing if we don’t take care of business these next two games.”