By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Athletics Communications & Media
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ashley Kambeitz of Cumberland (Tenn.) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week and Evdokia Popadinova of the University of Northwestern Ohio has been named the NAIA National Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Kambeitz and Popadinova were selected based on their performances from Sept. 25 – Oct. 1, and were chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners.
Offensive Player of the Week
Evdokia Popadinova, University of Northwestern Ohio So., F, Hadzhidimova, Bulgaria
- Went for a season-best three goals in the 6-0 victory against Rochester (Mich.) on Sept. 30.
- Weekly Stats:
- 5 goals, 2 assists and 12 points
- Leads team in season points (28), goals (10) and assists (8)
Defensive Player of the Week
Ashley Kambeitz, Cumberland (Tenn.) Jr., GK, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Posted nine saves in 2-0 win over No. 9 Mobile (Ala.) on Sept. 28.
- Weekly Stats:
- 13 total saves and two shutouts on the week
- Been a part of four shutouts for the Phoenix this year
Offensive Nominees: Laurie Frew, Columbia (Mo.); Katie Goodrich, Reinhardt (Ga.); Jennifer Ruth, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.); Cassidy Gosvener, Oregon Tech; Jillian Kolster, Trinity International (Ill.); Kelly Hoffius, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Jackie Lopez, Westmont (Calif.); Nikky Farnsworth, Northwestern (Iowa); Raunice Butler, William Penn (Iowa); Kaja Cremin, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Emily Shires, Cumberland (Tenn.); Brittney Cusick, Presentation (S.D.); Kimberlin Palacios, Huston-Tillotson (Texas); Meghan Rugel, WVU Tech; Jastin Redman, John Brown (Ark.); Millene Cabral Vieira, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Amanda Blixt, Keiser (Fla.)
Defensive Nominees: Sara Calzada, Central Baptist (Ark.); Eva Bower, Milligan (Tenn.); Tiana Pretzer, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Hannah Ceciliani, Southern Oregon; Bethany Dombkowski, St. Francis (Ill.); Lauren Engelkes, Taylor (Ind.); Amanda Valentine, Vanguard (Calif.); Alaina Melanson, Midland (Neb.); Riley Ludwig, William Penn (Iowa); Lauren Ferguson, Friends (Kan.); Keri Myers, Wiley (Texas); Andrea Vera, Rio Grande (Ohio); Maggie Allen, John Brown (Ark.); Rachel Hardin, Dalton State (Ga.); Konya Plummer, Southeastern (Fla.); Maria Lulgjuraj, Concordia (Mich.)
2017 Women’s Soccer Composite Award Winners (Defensive, Offensive)
Week 1 (Sept. 5): Romane Salvador, University of Northwestern Ohio; Millene Cabral, Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
Week 2 (Sept. 12): Sarah Klunder, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Sienna Nealon, John Brown (Ark.)
Week 3 (Sept. 19): Caitlin Dumond, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Katie Reid, Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
Week 4 (Sept. 26): Mikayla Johnson, Cornerstone (Mich.); Ebba Gustafsson, Keiser (Fla.)
Week 5 (Oct. 3): Ashley Kambeitz, Cumberland (Tenn.); Evdokia Popadinova, University of Northwestern Ohio