After logging her second career hat trick Sunday, Northwestern State forward Brittany Caserma was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, the league announced.
Caserma’s three goals led a Lady Demon (3-2) offensive explosion Sunday in a 5-2 win against ULM.
The Murrieta, California, native’s first hat trick came in 2017 opener with a trio of goals against LSU Shreveport.
“We got to see the impact Caserma has and what she’s able to do,” said NSU coach Jess Jobe. “Those scrappy moments where she’s willing to fight and use those physical attributes to win those balls.
“Her first goal was a fantastic header, and she wasn’t taking no for answer. Any time you get a hat trick, that’s fantastic.”
Caserma scored her first three goals of the season Sunday after missing the season’s first two matches and not scoring in the next two.
With Sunday’s three scores, Caserma moves into a tie for eighth place (19 goals) in program history. Yanci Johnson also compiled 19 goals, and Caserma leapfrogged former teammate Esdeina Gonzalez (18 goals) on the career list.
Caserma’s 40 career points is tied for 10th in NSU history with Natalie Waguespack.
Caserma is NSU’s first offensive player of the week since Camila Ardila won the honor in 2016 for her play in the first week of September. NSU has won five weekly goalkeeper awards and one weekly defensive honor in that span.
NSU continues its five-game home stand with a weekend against the Southwestern Athletic Conference as the Lady Demons welcome Southern on Friday and Jackson State on Sunday.