LEICESTER, Mass. --- Senior midfielder Kyra Teixeira (Old Lyme, Conn. / Lyme-Old Lyme) of the Becker College women's soccer team has been named the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Player of the Week for the week ending September 1st, 2019.
Teixeira opened her 2019 season with a hat trick to lead the Hawks to a 4-2 victory over visiting Anna Maria College on Saturday afternoon. Teixeira scored the first of her three in the 13th minute thanks to a perfectly weighted through ball by sophomore Alana Garofalo (Berlin, Conn.). The pass split the center backs of Anna Maria and was finished into the far-side netting by Teixeira for a 1-0 lead. About five minutes later, Teixeira was the beneficiary of a fortunate crossing attempt that flew over the AMCATS goalie's head and into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead. The Hawks took back their two-goal lead in the 37th minute on an odd-women rush that developed into a 2-on-1. Teixeira was the assister on this occasion with a perfectly timed pass to junior Shannon Kelley (Bellingham, Mass.), who broke in on goal alone and scored, giving Becker a 3-1 lead. Teixeira finished off her hat trick in the 71st minute. With the help of a cross by Kelley, the near-post run and shot by Teixeira found the top corner for a 4-1 advantage.
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