Harris Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – South Carolina central defender Jyllissa Harris has been named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the conference on Monday, September 27. The senior from Hazlet, New Jersey earns her third career SEC Player of the Week honor and her second Defensive honor.
Harris played all 90 minutes in victories over Vanderbilt and Kentucky, anchoring a backline that allowed just four shots on goal for the week. She also scored her third goal of the season in the win over Kentucky. Harris’ goal opened the scoring for the Gamecocks in their 2-1 victory with a header off a corner kick from Lauren Chang.
She and the Gamecock defense didn’t allow a goal in the run of play, the only goal for the week was conceded on a penalty kick against UK. Harris and the Gamecocks held both Vanderbilt (1) and Kentucky (3) to their fewest shots on goal of the season. It was the fewest shots on goal by Vanderbilt in nearly two years. Harris and the defense also held Vanderbilt without a shot attempt in the first half and just two on the night, also a season-low. It was the fewest shot attempts by Vandy in a match since 2018.
Harris and the Gamecocks return to action Friday, October 1, when they host 11th ranked Auburn at 7 p.m. inside Stone Stadium.
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