Junior forward Chelsea Leiva's hat trick and assist Sunday in a 6-0 rout of Idaho was good enough for the Sun Belt to name her Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday. Meanwhile, sophomore midfielder Johanna Volz got the Defensive Player of the Week honor for her part in FIU's shutouts of Idaho and LSU (0-0).
Last week's wins at Wisconsin and Illinois-Chicago moved FIU to 5-0 and moved voters in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire rankings top FIU eighth in the South Region. FIU didn't receive votes in the national rankings.
Told you the replacement for Texas A&M was a school that would've given FIU trouble if this was before desegregation of Division I football in the South. Back when SEC, ACC and Southwest Conference rosters came only in white, schools like Grambling, Southern, Florida A&M, Morgan State and Bethune-Cookman scooped up the buckets of southern black talent that didn't want to head all the way up to the Big Ten or Northeast.
As it is, Bethune-Cookman's biggest advantage on FIU when coming south of Sun Life in 2013 and 2014 comes in the band category. Back when FIU was Division I-AA and in its first two years as a program, Bethune beat the Panthers 31-0 and 24-14.