Columbus State's Riancho Named National Player of the Week

Columbus State's Riancho Named National Player of the Week

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Columbus State University goalkeeper Bria Riancho was named the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Riancho is the first Lady Cougar to capture the national honor this season. Olivia Jarrell was the last CSU student-athlete to collect the award back in October 2017.

The sophomore starred for Columbus State during the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, racking up three consecutive shutouts on her way to tournament Most Valuable Player status. Riancho made 13 saves over 290 minutes, and then stopped a pair of shots in the penalty shootout to help the Lady Cougars to their eighth PBC Tournament title.

Riancho has been rolling over the second half of the season, with eight clean sheets in her last nine matches. She has allowed just one goal in a span of 847 minutes.

Columbus State earned the top seed in the Southeast Region Monday night and will be hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Cougars will have a bye in Friday's first round before playing on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Walden Soccer Complex.