AUM's Burnfield Player of the Week by two groups

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Auburn University at Montgomery senior goalkeeper Daisy Burnfield has been selected the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Southern States Athletic Conference's (SSAC) Defensive Player of the Week, each organization announced on Tuesday.

Joining Burnfield on the weekly honor roll was junior forward Kristen Mitchell, who earned SSAC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Burnfield, a native of Longstock, England, recorded her third shutout of the season in the Lady Senators' 1-0 double-overtime victory over No. 5 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) in the NAIA Game of the Week. She made three saves in the upset to push No. 24 ranked AUM's season record to 7-3.

On the season, Burnfield has logged 839:07 minutes in goal, while yielding only nine goals, an average of 0.965 per match. She has posted 35 saves on the year.

Mitchell, who is from Douglasville, Ga., also played a key factor in the Lady Senators victory over the Redhawks. Mitchell's header 2:51 into double overtime was the lone goal of the match and marked the sixth time this season she has scored a goal.

For the year, Mitchell is tied for the team lead with those six goals and leads the squad in points with 14.

Along with individual success, the AUM women's team also moved up three spots in the fifth edition of the 2010 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, which was also released on Tuesday.

Last week, the Lady Senators finished 1-0, playing just the one contest against Martin Methodist. Following the loss to AUM, the Redhawks fell from fifth to eighth. Concordia (Ore.) University held on to the top spot in the poll, earning 19 of the 23 first-place votes and 650 total votes. The Cavaliers sport a 10-0-1 record on the season, while Azusa Pacific (Calif.) University is second in the poll, followed by Lee (Tenn.) University. William Carey (Miss.) University is fourth, while The Master's College (Calif.) rounds out the top five.

Burnfield, Mitchell and the entire Lady Senators' team will return to action on Wednesday, when they travel to Huntsville, Ala., to take on the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Kickoff for the contest is scheduled for noon.