Smith's 26 career goals now rank him tied with Manny Matos (1971-74) for eighth on the WVU career goal scoring list. His eight goals on the season have already tied his career high for goals in a season with seven regular season matches still to play.
The NSCAA chooses one male and one female from a nomination pool comprised of players of the week from each Division I conference. Smith is the first Big East male or female player to win the award so far this season. No. 9 West Virginia hits the road again on Saturday, Sept. 30, when it faces Big East rival Connecticut at Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.