KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Megan Daniels of Concordia (Calif.) has been named the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Offensive Player of the Week and Kristen Morency of John Brown (Ark.) has been selected as the National Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Daniels and Morency were selected based on their performances from Oct. 21 – 27 and were chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners.
Daniels, a Lake Forest, Calif., native, turned in an impressive week, tallying back-to-back multi-goal games as Concordia (Calif.) remained unbeaten with victories against then-No. 6 Vanguard (Calif.) and Biola (Calif.). Against Vanguard, Daniels scored the Eagles’ final two goals, including the eventual game-winner in the 81st minute. Both goals came after Concordia began playing with 10 players after having an individual receive a red card in the 51st minute. The junior forward registered her second-straight game-winning goal three days later in the 30th minute of Concordia’s 2-1 victory against Biola, before adding a second goal in the 59th minute. Daniels is tied for the team lead with seven goals, while ranking second on the squad in assists with four.
Morency, a goalkeeper from Wheaton, Ill., extended her shutout streak to four games with back-to-back clean-sheets against SAGU (Texas), 2-0, on Oct. 24 and Texas Wesleyan, 1-0, on Oct. 26. The sophomore recorded seven saves against SAGU and five against Texas Wesleyan. With the performances, Morency now has 14 career shutouts with the Golden Eagles and has tied the single-season record of seven shutouts, which she set last year. On the season, she ranks 20th nationally in goals against average (0.78), allowing 11 goals in 1,284 minutes.
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The next NAIA National Women’s Soccer Players of the Week will be announced Nov. 5.
Offensive Nominees: Stephanie Hale, Columbia (Mo.); Allie Hale, Reinhardt (Ga.); Natalie Ingram, Menlo (Calif.); Trisha Durham, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Carolynn Wieland, Robert Morris (Ill.); Molly Drooger, Taylor (Ind.); Ashley Todd, Great Falls (Mont.); Amanda Olson, Hastings (Neb.); Krista Hooper, Baker (Kan.); Melissa Martinez, Kansas Wesleyan; Shanda Painter, Asbury (Ky.); Renee Hurd, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Paula Vicenzo, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Ashley Dexter, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Amaris Tavares, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Jade Ovendale, Science & Arts (Okla.); Esther Anyanwu, Brenau (Ga.); Valerie Obita, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Anja Koempel, Northwestern Ohio.
Defensive Nominees: Erica Ramirez, Columbia (Mo.); Kendall Ellington, Union (Ky.); Katelyn James, William Jessup (Calif.); Mckayla Madison, Concordia (Ore.); Linda Eshun, Robert Morris (Ill.); Caitlin Adams, Huntington (Ind.); Abi Yanke, Westminster (Utah); Megan Ferry, Concordia (Calif.); Felicia Reimann, Morningside (Iowa); Ashley Holland, Benedictine (Kan.); Jessica Vandyke, Ashford (Iowa); Emily Tielrooy, Kansas Wesleyan; Lizzie Hoffa, Asbury (Ky.); Sammy Sinecio, Bellevue (Neb.); Morgan Buzzell, Grand View (Iowa); Gabriela Lopez, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Elizabeth Campbell, Brenau (Ga.); Alexa Muffley, USC Beaufort (S.C.); Molly O'connor, Aquinas (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.)
Week 5 (Oct. 8): Jessica Martinez, Columbia (S.C.); Kristin Fulbright, Northwest Christian (Ore.)
Week 6 (Oct. 15): Molly Machometa, Viterbo (Wis.); Morgan Aukshunas, Biola (Calif.)
Week 7 (Oct. 22): Rhianne Parsons, Cumberland (Tenn.); Lauren Terry, Vanguard (Calif.)
Week 8 (Oct. 29): Megan Daniels, Concordia (Calif.); Kristen Morency, John Brown (Ark.)