Anyanwu’s national player-of-the-week performance helps net Tigers’ soccer first Top 25 ranking

Esther Anyanwu was a junior college All-American before joining the Brenau team this year.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics picked Brenau’s Esther Anyanwu as the National Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week. She is the first Brenau soccer player to be named to the national player of the week listing. The forward from Lagos, Nigeria, was selected because she played a key role in both of Brenau’s Southern States Athletic Conference road wins last week. She opened the week with all three goals in the Tigers’ 3-2 overtime win against Faulkner (Ala.) on Oct. 11. It was the seventh multi-goal performance for the junior this season. Against then-No. 12-ranked Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) on Oct. 13, Anyanwu netted the game-winning goal in the 11th minute to propel Brenau to its first win against a ranked team this season. The victory also vaulted Brenau into the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time in program history.

Anywanwu has emerged as one of the NAIA’s most prolific scorers this season, leading the nation in game-winning goals with seven, while also ranking in the top 10 in points (46.0), goals (20) and shots per game (5.8). She played her first two years as a junior college player at Georgia perimeter, earning All-America honors in the process.