Former Vaughan Azzurri Player Saphyra Coombs-James earned OVC Freshman of the Year honors to go along with All-OVC first team and All-Newcomer accolades.
"Coombs-James has simply been a revelation for the Skyhawks in 2012, earning the program's first-ever OVC Freshman of the Year award. The 5-10 forward out of Brampton, Ontario accounted for goals in each of her first two matches and hardly let up, piling up 10 goals in 18 matches. She was even better against OVC opposition, tallying seven goals to go along with a pair of assists in 10 matches. On Oct. 14, she became just the seventh player in program history to register at least five points in a match when she netted two goals to go along with an assist against Eastern Kentucky. Overall, she finished the regular season ranking second in the OVC in points (24) and goals (10) and third in game-winning goals (three).
"I must congratulate our Freshman of the Year Saphyra Coombs-James, who has been outstanding this past month," McNamara said. "Seven goals and two assists in conference play is a fantastic achievement. She is simply getting better and better each game and is a fun player to watch."
A Vaughan Azzurri for-ever-Saphyra Coombs-James, a freshman forward on The University of Tennessee at Martin soccer team, has been named the adidas Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced a couple of weeks ago.
Coombs-James had a remarkable week for UT Martin, leading the Skyhawks to a pair of victories which improved them to 8-5-3 overall and 5-1-1 in the OVC. UT Martin is currently in first place in the league standings, holding a three-point lead over SIU Edwardsville with three regular-season matches left to play.
In Friday's 2-0 victory over Morehead State, Coombs-James jumpstarted the offense and ensured the Skyhawks would not trail for the entirety of the match. The Brampton, Ontario native found teammate Alyssa Curtis for an assist on the eventual game-winning goal, scored just 29 seconds into the match.
Two days later, Coombs-James had a part in all three goals in UT Martin's 3-0 victory over Eastern Kentucky. She found the back of the net twice in a span of 16 minutes in the first half while also recording an assist on Midori Sera's goal in the 66th minute. The 5-10 speedster became just the seventh Skyhawk in program history to record at least five points in a single match.
Overall, Coombs-James has been sensational all season long, ranking in the top-10 in five OVC statistical categories. She ranks second in the league in points (18) and game-winning goals (two), third in goals (seven), fourth in assists (four) and ninth in shots per match (2.20). Her 18 points and seven goals already rank amongst UT Martin's best single-season totals.
The Skyhawks return to the pitch on Sunday, Oct. 21 at OVC newcomer Belmont. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
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