IRVING, Texas – Baylor soccer forward Precious Akanyirige was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.
The Pleasanton, Calif., native is the sixth all-time at BU to earn the newcomer honor and third under the Jobsons. Sophomore teammate Ashley York was the last to garner the honor as she did so after her first collegiate weekend on Aug. 27, 2013. Overall, the Bears have had 29 Big 12 weekly honorees and 12 under the Jobsons.
Akanyirige took just one shot in two games during the week but made it count, converting the game-winner as Baylor won at No. 23 BYU, 2-1, on Monday. After York corralled a goalie kick in the 46th minute, Akanyirige took the pass and booted a left-footed shot to the top left of the goal in a one-on-one situation with BYU’s goalie. Akanyirige has played in all four of BU’s games this year, including three starts, and has taken five shots (two on goal) in 179 minutes of action.
Akanyirige and Co. return to action this weekend at home as the Bears (3-1-0) face Incarnate Word on Friday at 7 p.m. CT on senior night and Northwestern State on Sunday at 1 p.m.