KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Esther Anyanwu of Brenau (Ga.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Lauren Terry of Vanguard (Calif.) has been tabbed National Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Anyanwu and Terry were selected based on their performances from Oct. 8 - 14 and were chosen out of a poll of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Anyanwu, a forward from Lagos, Nigeria, played a key role in both of Brenau's Southern States Athletic Conference road wins last week. She opened the week with all three goals in the Tigers 3-2 overtime win against Faulkner (Ala.) on Oct. 11. It was the seventh multi-goal performance for the junior this season. Against then-No. 12 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) on Oct. 13, Anyanwu netted the game-winning goal in the 11th minute to propel Brenau to its first win against a ranked team this season. The victory also vaulted Brenau into the NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll for the first time in program history.
Anywanwu has emerged as one of the NAIA's most prolific scorers this season, leading the nation in game winning goals with seven, while also ranking in the top 10 in points (46.0), goals (20) and shots per game (5.8).
Terry, a goalkeeper from Corona, Calif., earned her fourth shutout of the season - ninth career - with four saves in 100 minutes in Vanguard's 1-0 overtime victory against then-No. 20 The Master's (Calif.) on Oct. 9. The sophomore continued her stellar week with a season-high seven save performance in a 2-1 win over Biola (Calif.) on Oct. 13. In total, Terry made 11 saves and surrendered one goal in 190 minutes to help extend the Lion's unbeaten streak to six matches.
Terry, who has played more than 800 minutes in goal this season, ranks 12th nationally with a 0.67 goals against average.
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
For the complete player of the week calendar, click here. The next NAIA National Women's Soccer Players of the Week will be announced on Oct. 23.
Offensive Nominees: Isadora Freitas, Texas at Brownsville; Molly Machometa, Viterbo (Wis.); Karly Linton, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Charlotte Wisniewski, Vanguard (Calif.); Abby Fannin, Tennessee Wesleyan; Yadira Toraya, Kansas Wesleyan; Meghan Drost, Oregon Tech; Mia Persson, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Kelly Ross, Columbia (Mo.); Libby Storie, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Katlyn Krysiak, Madonna (Mich.); Meghan McMahon, Oklahoma City; Sara Mira, St. Thomas (Fla.); Lauren Gray, Midland (Neb.); Alexa Fryer, Baker (Kan.); Florence Dadson, Robert Morris (Ill.); Jessica Batey, Asbury (Ky.); Kirsty Montignani, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Mor Efraim, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Gabby Leon, William Jessup (Calif.).
Defensive Nominees: Monica Mendes, Texas at Brownsville; Cheyenne Martinez-Trevino, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Kaitlyn Mendenhall, Corban (Ore.); Brandie Hagerman, Campbellsville (Ky.); Megan Bodiford, Kansas Wesleyan; Kristen Morency, John Brown (Ark.); Meg Goddard, Columbia (Mo.); Allison Bevenue, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Lisa Amman, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Blaire Schmalenberg, Madonna (Mich.); Helena Hansson, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Stephanie Burton, Union (Ky.); Katie Dirkse, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Megan Manley, Midland (Neb.); Shelby Schiraldi, Baker (Kan.); Tori Brown, Brenau (Ga.); Jessica Batey, Asbury (Ky.); Rachel Hein, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Fabiola Sanchez, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Brenna Quinn, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.).
2012 Women's Soccer Players of the Week (Offensive; Defensive)
Week 1 (Sept. 4): Kelsey Langille, Cumberland (Tenn.); Indigo Recker, Concordia (Ore.)
Week 2 (Sept. 11): Jordan Davidson, Vanguard (Calif.); Helena Hansson, Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Week 3 (Sept. 18): Kirsty Montignani, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Bekah Garvin, Concordia (Calif.)
Week 4 (Sept. 25): Kelsey Langille, Cumberland (Tenn.); Mallory Conrad, Bethel (Ind.)
Week 5 (Oct. 2): Karly Linton, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Katie Zenz, Grand View (Iowa)
Week 6 (Oct. 9): Mallory Rondeau, Grace (Ind.); Ilyssa Espiritu, The Master's (Calif.)
Week 7 (Oct. 16): Esther Anyanwu, Brenau (Ga.); Lauren Terry, Vanguard (Calif.)