KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Angela Bianchi of Judson (Ill.) has been named the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Offensive Player of the Week and Amanda Coleman of St. Francis (Ill.) has been selected as the National Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Bianchi and Coleman were selected based on their performances from Sept. 23 – 29 and were chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners.
Bianchi, a junior forward from Elmhurst, Ill., earned eight points with two goals in each of the Eagles’ two matches this past week – a 2-2 tie against Trinity International (Ill.) and a 3-0 win over then-No. 8 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.). With the performances, Bianchi has totaled 13 goals, which ranks fourth in the NAIA, and has scored at least once in each of Judson’s eight games this season. She also ranks among the top 10 nationally in points per game (3.5), shots on goal per game (3.63), shots per game (6.13) and game-winning goals (3).
Coleman, a senior goalkeeper from Lockport, Ill., logged back-to-back shutouts this week, as the Fighting Saints opened Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action with wins over Saint Xavier, 1-0, and Calumet (Ind.), 4-0. She totaled 12 saves, registering six stops in each match en route to her second and third shutouts of the season. Coleman currently boasts a 1.13 goals against average and has 44 saves in seven matches.
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The next NAIA National Women’s Soccer Players of the Week will be announced Oct. 8.
Offensive Nominees: Stephanie Hale, Columbia (Mo.); Clare Williamson, Columbia (S.C.); Janelle Gaddy, Menlo (Calif.); Chloe Welch, Southern Oregon; Meredith Hollar, Grace (Ind.); Nicole Carter, Westminster (Utah); Jennifer Martin, Vanguard (Calif.); Kelsey Niles, Morningside (Iowa); Krista Hooper, Baker (Kan.); Kayla Thomas, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Megan Huerta, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Morgan Trupp, Ottawa (Kan.); Shanda Painter, Asbury (Ky.); Shauna Gilpin, Cumberland (Tenn.); Elisa Brito, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Molly Machometa, Viterbo (Wis.); Emarie Holland, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Katie Compton, Mobile (Ala.); Melony Poviones, St. Thomas (Fla.); Tori Singstock, Indiana Tech.
Defensive Nominees: Shelby Blanchard, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Ashley Yarger, Reinhardt (Ga.); Kelsey McLaurin, UC Merced; Alyssa Bricker, Southern Oregon; Sammy Scaringelli, Saint Francis (Ind.); Abi Yanke, Westminster (Utah); Briana Williams, Biola (Calif.); Kalynn Sortino, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Haley Gatts, Avila (Mo.); Samantha Wooster, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Samantha Gitmed, Ottawa (Kan.); Brandie Hagerman, Campbellsville (Ky.); Payton Roby, College of Saint Mary (Neb.); Liz Slaton, Grand View (Iowa); Gabriela Lopez, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Nikki Lockwood, Texas Wesleyan; Linfah Jones, William Carey (Miss.); Hannah Claesson, Thomas (Ga.); Stephanie Finilla, Concordia (Mich.).
2013 National Women’s Soccer Players of the Week (Offensive; Defensive)
Week 1 (Sept. 10): Florence Dadson, Robert Morris (Ill.); Brittany Toth, Hastings (Neb.)
Week 2 (Sept. 17): Karly Linton, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Sarah Yancer, Spring Arbor (Mich.)
Week 3 (Sept. 24): Esther Anyanwu, Brenau (Ga.); Felicia Reimann, Morningside (Iowa)
Week 4 (Oct. 1): Angela Bianchi, Judson (Ill.); Amanda Coleman, St. Francis (Ill.)