Nov. 11, 2008
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 2008 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Players of the Week have been released for the 10th time this season. Jessica Burden of Tabor (Kan.) College is honored as the NAIA Offensive Player of the Week while Nikki Grant of St. Xavier (Ill.) University is selected as the NAIA Defensive Player of the Week, for the week of Nov. 3-9. These winners were chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week performers among 22 conferences, independents and unaffiliateds.
Burden, a 5-6, junior forward from Little Elm, Texas went for seven goals and 15 points in two wins for Tabor last week. In the 4-0 win over Friends (Kan.), Jessica recorded three goals. She followed that up with a hat trick and one assist in the 5-0 win over Bethany (Kan.). She has helped turn around the Bluejays season from a winless campaign in 2007 to eight wins and a spot in the KCAC Semifinals this year.
Grant, a 5-8 senior goalkeeper from Lemont, Ill., came on to the soccer scene recently and provided some clutch goalkeeping efforts last week. Taking over for injured net-minder Danielle Wagner, Nikki earned the 4-2 win over No. 8 and previously undefeated Trinity Christian (Ill.) in the CCAC Tournament. She posted 10 saves in 90 minutes to help the Cougars advance to the league championship on Saturday (Nov. 8). In that title match, she recorded four saves in the 1-0 shut-out win over Trinity International to notch her second blanking of the year.
This announcement is the final Player of the Week honors for the 2008 season.
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Ashley Tankersley, Lindenwood (Mo.); Kellyl Steinhaus, St. Xavier (Ill.); Brianna Mckernon, Texas Wesleyan; Aislinn Finfrock, Mobile (Ala.); Ashley Morgan, William Woods (Mo.); Becky Galage, Covenant (Ga.); Megan Marshall, Indiana Wesleyan; Hannah Wray, Hastings (Neb.); Shannon Hackett, Berry (Ga.); Jessica Estep, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Ashley Mejia, Indiana Tech; McKenzie McAdaragh, Grand View (Iowa); Danielle MacBride, Concordia (Ore.); Sarah Yoro, Azusa Pacific (Calif.); Stephanie Duncan, Oklahoma Christian
Haley Mancini, Siena Heights (Mich.); Kristen Prest, Lindenwood (Mo.); Brittany O’brien, Texas Wesleyan; Aubrey Whitehorn, Tabor (Kan.); Anna Maddox, Mobile (Ala.); Emma Wells, King (Tenn.); Jennifer Davis, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Megan Kreifels, Hastings (Neb.); Mara Hughes, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Jackie Hendrickson, Concordia (Ore.); Alexis Purdum, Grand View (Iowa); Jamie Carney, Concordia (Calif.); Brittany Tibbs, Oklahoma City; LeeAnn Pels, Marian (Ind.)
2008 Composite Award Winners (Schedule):
Offense: Theresa Broad (Azusa Pacific (Calif.) University) – JR, F
Defense: Katie Rorabaugh (Azusa Pacific (Calif.) University) – JR, D
Offense: Nicole O’Donnell (Martin Methodist (Tenn.) College) – FR, F
Defense: Didi Jurman (Northwood (Fla.) University) – JR, GK
Offense: Jamie Achten (Lee (Tenn.) University) – FR, F
Defense: Leigha Terry (Lee (Tenn.) University) – JR, GK
Offense: Rachel Eguren (Southern Nazarene (Okla.) University) – SO, F
Defense: Megan Newland (Park (Mo.) University) – SR, GK
Offense: Caroline Dixon (Oklahoma City University) – FR, F
Defense: Jenessa Loewen (Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) University) – SO, GK
Offense: Bridget Brotherton (Azusa Pacific (Calif.) University) – SR, F
Defense: Mallory Phillips (Savannah College of Art & Design (Ga.)) – SR, D
Offense: Amy Lawson (Westmont (Calif.) College) – SR, F
Defense: Erica Brown (Southern Nazarene (Okla.) University) – JR, GK
Offense: Helena Melin (Northwood (Texas) University) – SO, F
Defense: Kristi Koudelka (Lee (Tenn.) University) – SO, GK
Offense: Alyssa Lee (Trinity Christian (Ill.) University) – JR, F
Defense: Liz Yanko (McKendree (Ill.) University) – SO, GK
Offense: Jessica Burden (Tabor (Kan.) College) – JR, F
Defense: Nikki Grant (St. Xavier (Ill.) University) – SR, GK