By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jamie Holifield of William Carey (Miss.) and Jovana Canales of Bethany (Kan.) have been named the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Players of the Week, the national office announced on Tuesday. Holifield and Canales were selected for their performances during the week of Sept. 28 – Oct. 4. and were selected from a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institutions award winners.
National Defensive Player of the Week
Jovana Canales, Bethany (Kan.)
Jr., Gk., Brentwood, Calif.
• Allowed one goal and recorded 14 saves against RV Kansas Wesleyan
• Made six saves and logged a clean sheet against Sterling (Kan.).
• She ranks No. 23 in the NAIA in saves per game (7.8).
• This is her first career National Defensive Player of the Week award.
National Offensive Player of the Week
Jamie Holifield, William Carey (Miss.)
Fr., F, Petal, Miss.
• Scored the game-winning goals against Bethel (Tenn.) and No. 6 Martin Methodist (Tenn.).
• She ranks No. 20 in the NAIA in game winning goals with three.
• Her goal against Martin Methodist came against a defense that ranks No. 17 in the NAIA in shutouts (5) and shutouts per game (0.560).
• This is her second National Offensive Player of the Week award of the season and the second in her career.
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
For the complete player of the week calendar, click here.
Offensive Nominees: Gabi Severns, Park (Mo.) ; Jessica Austin, Union (Ky.) ; Marissa Giovannoni, UC Merced ; Zoe Anderson, Eastern Oregon ; Liz Wahl, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) ; Bethany Balcer, Spring Arbor (Mich.) ; Kelsey Steck, Westmont (Calif.) ; Nicki Noreen, Central Methodist (Mo.) ; Caroline Jenkins, Ottawa (Kan.) ; Alyson Joyce, Point Park (Pa.) ; Mhairi Fyfe, Campbellsville (Ky.) ; Emily Lupton, Houston-Victoria (Texas) ; Jodian Morris, Wayland Baptist (Texas) ; Alyssa Rodemsky, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) ; Heather Emke, Concordia (Mich.)
Defensive Nominees: Flavia Rosado, Columbia (Mo.) ; Morgana Hardt Da Silva, Bryan (Tenn.) ; Jessica Ramirez, Marymount (Calif.) ; Jessica Parker, Eastern Oregon ; Courtney Kenney, Robert Morris (Ill.) ; Abby Schue, Grace (Ind.) ; Kayla Jensen, Hope International (Calif.) ; Ellen Loughman, Benedictine (Kan.) ; Erica Roney, Point Park (Pa.) ; Christie Funk, Cumberlands (Ky.) ; Erica Romero, St. Thomas (Texas) ; Nikki Lockwood, Texas Wesleyan ; Abby Baravik, William Carey (Miss.) ; Jenna Boersma, Johnson & Wales (Fla.) ; Darcey James, Northwestern Ohio
2015-16 Women's Soccer Composite Award Winners (Defensive, Offensive)
Week 1 (Sept. 9): Blaire Schmalenberg, Madonna (Mich.) , Betsy Hetrick, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Week 2 (Sept. 16): Brittany Lang, William Carey (Miss.) , Jamie Holifield, William Carey (Miss.)
Week 3 (Sept. 23): Tori Ditter, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) , Samantha Silva, Middle Georgia State
Week 4 (Sept. 30): Samantha Wooster, Houston-Victoria (Texas) , Yvonne Ploeg, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Week 5 (Oct. 6): Jovana Canales, Bethany (Kan.) , Jamie Holifield, William Carey (Miss.)