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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Melissa Martinez of Kansas Wesleyan has been named the NAIA National Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Becca Skillman of MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) has been tabbed National Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Martinez and Skillman were selected based on their performances from Oct. 22 - 28 and were chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Martinez, a native of Riverside, Calif., scored six goals and 12 points to lead Kansas Wesleyan to a 2-0 week and its second-straight Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season championship. The freshman forward opened the week with one goal against Saint Mary (Kan.) on Oct. 24, before setting the Coyote single-game record in a five-goal performance in Kansas Wesleyan's 6-0 win over Sterling (Kan.) on Oct. 27 - the first time the Warriors had surrendered six goals this season. Martinez scored three of her five in the first half against the Warriors, including the game-winner in the 24th minute.
Martinez leads Kansas Wesleyan in goals (13), points (28), shots (55) and shots on goals (40) this season.
Skillman, a goalkeeper from Olathe, Kan., made a school-record 21 saves to preserve a 0-0 draw against nationally ranked Benedictine (Kan.) on Oct. 27 - marking only the second time this season the Ravens have been held scoreless. The senior faced 38 shots and 10 corner kicks against Benedictine, who entered the contest and currently ranks as the NAIA leader in goals with 81.
Skillman owns a 4-3-1 record, 1.22 goals against average and .848 save percentage in 10 appearances (eight starts) this season.
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
For the complete player of the week calendar, click here. The final NAIA National Women's Soccer Players of the Week for 2012 will be announced on Nov. 6.
Offensive Nominees: Leah Russell, Texas at Brownsville; Nereyda Martinez, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Sara Cushing, Doane (Neb.); Jessica Oliver, Northwest (Wash.); Jordan Dolbin, Baker (Kan.); Madi Easterwood, Reinhardt (Ga.); Jennifer Jurcak, Madonna (Mich.); Hollie Babut, Ashford (Iowa); Meghan McMahon, Oklahoma City; Jessica Ralph, Campbellsville (Ky.); Kandice Kiernan, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Carissa Cooper, Westminster (Utah); Maria Monterroso, Lyon (Ark.); Libby Storie, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Emma Hewett, Thomas (Ga.); Florence Dadson, Robert Morris (Ill.); Maegan Smith, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Christy Lachappelle, Mobile (Ala.); Lauren Closser, Carlow (Pa.); Jessica Austin, Biola (Calif.); Mor Efraim, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Gabby Leon, William Jessup (Calif.).
Defensive Nominees: Ellen Ghirardi, Park (Mo.); Shay Wells, LSU Shreveport (La.); Shannon Griffith, Oklahoma Baptist; Patty Hughes, Northwest (Wash.); Michelle Marcus, Davenport (Mich.); Jordan Tapia, Ottawa (Kan.); Kaleigh Clarke, Reinhardt (Ga.); Josephine Frigge, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Bristol Clark, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Kristiana Griffith, Taylor (Ind.); Courtney Trujillo, St. Thomas (Fla.); Devin Johnston, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Josie Kautsky, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Ariel Watts, Northwestern (Iowa); Gillian Mcmahon, Mobile (Ala.); Ashlyn Fratto, Carlow (Pa.); Briana Williams, Biola (Calif.); Gabriella Macias, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Ciarra Pederson, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.); Kate Murray, Mount Mercy (Iowa).
2012 Women's Soccer Players of the Week (Offensive; Defensive)
Week 1 (Sept. 4): Kelsey Langille, Cumberland (Tenn.); Indigo Recker, Concordia (Ore.)
Week 2 (Sept. 11): Jordan Davidson, Vanguard (Calif.); Helena Hansson, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Week 3 (Sept. 18): Kirsty Montignani, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Bekah Garvin, Concordia (Calif.)
Week 4 (Sept. 25): Kelsey Langille, Cumberland (Tenn.); Mallory Conrad, Bethel (Ind.)
Week 5 (Oct. 2): Karly Linton, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Katie Zenz, Grand View (Iowa)
Week 6 (Oct. 9): Mallory Rondeau, Grace (Ind.); Ilyssa Espiritu, The Master's (Calif.)
Week 7 (Oct. 16): Esther Anyanwu, Brenau (Ga.); Lauren Terry, Vanguard (Calif.)
Week 8 (Oct. 23): Ashley Correa, Westmont (Calif.); Kristen Fulbright, Northwest Christian (Ore.)
Week 9 (Oct. 30): Melissa Martinez, Kansas Wesleyan; Becca Skillman, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)