San Antonio – Days after recording the first hat trick of her career, St. Mary’s women’s soccer player Leia Kirch logged her first weekly award of the 2012 season.

Kirch (Sr., Carrollton, Texas), who totaled four goals in a pair of victories last week, has been named the Heartland Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

A constant threat to find the back of the net, Kirch leads the Lady Rattlers (6-4, 1-3 in Heartland Conference) in goals with seven. Last week, she totaled 11 shots, with eight being shot on goal as the Rattlers topped McMurry and Texas-Permian Basin.

St. Mary’s hosts St. Edward’s in a “Battle of the Saints” clash this week. The teams will battle at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Northside ISD Soccer Field.

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