Yusuf wins PBC Player of the Week

From staff reports

Through three games this season, Clayton College & State University freshman Olaitan Yusuf leads the Peach Belt Conference in scoring and points per game, averaging two goals per game, and her stellar play did not go unnoticed by the conference office.

Yusuf (Ilorin, Nigeria) was named Tuesday the Peach Belt women's soccer Player of the Week after scoring six goals and dishing off one assist in three games.

Her play early this season has led the women's soccer team to a program-best 3-0 start to the season. She opened the season with two goals against Montevallo, including the game winner in the 70th minute of the match.

She came back with two goals in a 5-1 victory over North Georgia College & State University, followed by two goals and an assist against Presbyterian College, the 23rd ranked team in the country. Yusuf becomes the third Clayton State player to receive Player of the Week honors, as fellow teammates Nkiru Okosieme and Florence Okpala have also received the honor.

Okosieme, the all-time leading scorer in the Peach Belt with 50 career goals, was named Player of the Week twice in 2001 and once in 2002, while Okpala received the honor once in 2002.

Clayton State will return to action on Friday, hosting Rollins College in a 3 p.m. match at Laker Field.

The women's squad is coming off a 3-1 victory over 23rd-ranked Presbyterian College on Sunday and has opened the season with a 3-0 record, the best start in the program's 10-year history.

The Lakers were scheduled to have played Spelman College at 5 p.m. Tuesday, but the match was postponed due to the weather.

Clayton State golf team plays in tournament in South Carolina: Playing in harsh conditions due to the effects of Hurricane Frances, the Clayton College & State University men's golf team is currently in 11th place in the Kiawah Island Invitational in Kiawah Island, S.C.

The team shot a first round score 343 on the par -72 course. Peach Belt Conference opponents the University of North Carolina Pembroke and the University of South Carolina Aiken lead the event, followed by Francis Marion University.

UNC Pembroke and host and defending NCAA Division II national champion USC Aiken shot rounds of 308, while Francis Marion is three shots back at 311. Sophomore Matt Beall (Newnan, GA) had the low round for the Lakers, shooting an 81 and is tied for 28th. Junior Steve Sanders (Snellville, GA) and junior Andrew Dagneau (Kitchener, Canada) are tied for 40th after rounds of 85. Laker freshman Sebastian Sevillano (Cali, Colombia) is in 54th after a first round of 92.

Only one player shot a round under par as UNC Pembroke's Rex Willoughby shot a 2-under par 70. Pfieffer University's Jordan Stelmach is in second at 1-over par 73.

The second and final round of the tournament was scheduled to be played on Tuesday.