BATON ROUGE - LSU freshman Jade Kovacevic proved to be the offensive star for the Tigers in their 3-2 comeback victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks on Thursday night, and she has been honored for her efforts as the SEC Freshman of the Week in Friday's release of the final awards of the regular season.
With the Tigers facing a 2-0 deficit late in the first half, Kovacevic served up her SEC-leading sixth assist in conference play in the 43rd minute on a corner kick as sophomore defender Jodi Calloway scored a first career goal on a header to cut the Arkansas lead to 2-1 going into halftime.
Kovacevic then leveled the score at 2-2 in the 70th minute when she rifled a 25-yard free kick into the top-right corner of the net for the equalizer with her third goal of her rookie campaign.
A native of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada, Kovacevic emerged from the match tied as the squad's leading point scorer with fellow freshman Fernanda Pina as she has scored 12 points in her 16 starts.
This marks the third time this season that an LSU Tiger has claimed SEC Player of the Week honors from the league office as junior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week and freshman midfielder Tori Sample was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Oct. 1 after an impressive weekend for the Tigers on the road at Mississippi State and Georgia.
Kovacevic and the No. 8 seed LSU Soccer team are set to compete in the first round of the 2012 SEC Women's Soccer Tournament on Monday as they face No. 9 seed Ole Miss at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala., in a tournament that runs through Sunday, Nov. 4.
The winner of Monday's opening-round match between the Tigers and Rebels will advance to face No. 1-seeded Florida in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday at 5 p.m.