Soccer: Former WillCo standouts DePriest, Garst earn honors

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Peyton DePriest

Peyton DePriest

A pair of former Williamson County soccer standouts collected awards this week.

At Middle Tennessee State, former Franklin standout Peyton DePriest was named the Conference USA Player of the Week. She was later also tabbed the conference Player of the Year as well as the Offensive Player of the Year.

At Belmont, former Independence standout Julie Garst picked up a Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week honor.

Both players guided their teams to conference wins last week.

Depriest, a junior who led the Lady Rebels to a runner-up finish in Class AAA in 2016, earned Offensive Player of the Year honors for a second consecutive year. She scored her 40th goal last week in Dallas while leading the Blue Raiders to a 4-2 win against UAB.

"In a league with so many talented players it's truly special for her to win both the offensive player of the year and the player of the year,” MTSU head coach Aston Rhoden said in a release.

DePriest has scored 16 goals in 15 matches this season. Her 40 goals broke the program record of 38. MTSU will play for the Conference USA championship Wednesday against Rice.

Garst, who battled DePriest for several seasons in high school while at district rival Independence, lifted Belmont to a pair of Ohio Valley Conference wins last weekend. She scored three of the Bruins four goals, including the game-winner against UT-Martin to advance to the OVC tournament semifinals for the first time since 2015.

Garst, also a junior, scored two goals against UT-Martin. Her game-winner came in overtime with nine minutes to play. She leads Belmont with seven goals and three assists this season. She has 19 goals in her career.

The Bruins will face Murray State on Friday in the OVC semifinals.

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