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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kristin Abbott of Spring Arbor (Mich.) has been named NAIA National Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and California Baptist’s Katie Rumfola has been tabbed NAIA National Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Abbott and Rumfola were selected based on their performances from Nov. 1 - 7 and were chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings. Abbott and Rumfola are the final honorees of the 2010 season.
Abbott notched her first career hat trick to lead the charge for Spring Arbor en route to a 6-1 Mid-Central College Conference semifinal victory over Taylor (Ind.) on Oct. 6. The senior midfielder/forward also dished out an assist and the game-winner in the match for a total of seven points in the contest. Abbott has scored 12 goals and handed out 14 assists for the Cougars, who have won nine straight matches and have outscored opponents 45-3 over that stretch.
A native of Troy, Mich., Abbott’s 14 total assists rank 10th nationally and her average of 0.78 assists per game is listed 12th.
Rumfola’s save in the fifth-round of a shootout with No. 7 The Master’s (Calif.) helped the Lancers clinch a spot in the Golden State Athletic Conference championship game, advancing on penalty kicks 5-4. The shootout occurred after both teams battled to a 1-1 double-overtime draw. The freshman keeper finished the game with nine saves in 110 minutes of work in the box. Rumfola, a native of Fullerton, Calif., posted five saves to lift No. 9 California Baptist to a 3-1 quarterfinal win over Biola (Calif.).
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Offensive Nominees: Julie McCarthy, Siena Heights (Mich.); Audrey Gatlin, Northwood (Texas); Erika Roberts, Bellevue (Neb.); Ashley Dexter, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Jackie Acevedo, Southern Nazarene (Okla.); Jessica Estep, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio.); Ashley Aragona, Lee (Tenn.); Diana Anderson, Trinity International (Ill.); Heidi Witschi, Azusa Pacific (Calif.).
Defensive Nominees: Lindsey Mancini, Siena Heights (Mich.); Whitney Calvin, Lindenwood (Mo.); Lyndzey Goff, Northwood (Texas); Meredith Shuman, Bellevue (Neb.); Lauren Gunawan, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Heidi Breckner, Indiana Wesleyan; Jenessa Loewen, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Lorna Brownlie, Mobile (Ala.); Rebekah Niedermayer, Trinity International (Ill.); Melissa Dobie, Mid-America Christian (Okla.).
2010 Composite Award Winners (Offensive; Defensive) (Schedule)
Week 1: Megan Marshall, Indiana Wesleyan; Kristin Perrine, Indiana Wesleyan
Week 2: Lizzie Paul, Davenport (Mich.); Lindsay Bekken, Westminster (Utah)
Week 3: Elina Johansson, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Nicoline Jorgensen, California Baptist
Week 4: Sarah Franklin, William Jewell (Mo.); Sara Hoffman, Judson (Ill.)
Week 5: Emily Bruton, The Master's (Calif.); Daisy Burnfield, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Week 6: Nayeli Deniz, Fresno Pacific (Calif.); Matilda Ojaniemi, Northwood (Fla.)
Week 7: Annika Hogberg, Northwood (Fla.); Jordan Holmes, Northwest (Wash.)
Week 8: Jen Hudson, Houghton (N.Y.); Morgan Read, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)
Week 9: Ashley Dexter, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Erin Frushon, Biola (Calif.)
Week 10: Kristin Abbott, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Katie Rumfola, California Baptist