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NAIA Women’s Soccer Players of the Week – No. 2 (Sept. 15)

September 15, 2015
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By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two athletes from William Carey (Miss) have been named the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Players of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Both athletes were selected for their performances during the week of Sept. 7 – Sept. 13 and were chosen from a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institutions award winners.


National Defensive Player of the Week

Brittany Lang, William Carey
Sr., D, Biloxi, Miss.

  • Led the Lady Crusaders defense to a 2-0 week.
  • Leader on the back line that did not allow a goal in two games against No. 14 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and No. 4 Cumberland (Tenn.).
  • During these two games the defense only allowed three shots.
  • This is her first career Player of the Week award.

National Offensive Player of the Week
Jamie Holifield, William Carey
Fr., F, Petal, Miss.

  • Helped lead the William Carey offensive attack by scoring four goals on the week.
  • Recoded a hat trick against No. 4 Cumberland (Tenn.).
  • Holifield now has four goals on the season, which ranks her in the top 70 in the NAIA.
  • This is her first career Player of the Week award.

For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.

For the complete player of the week calendar, click here.

Offensive Nominees: Jessika Stiehr, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) ; Sarah Catherine Baker, Bryan (Tenn.) ; Andrea Faerber, Marymount (Calif.) ; Jamiece Yizar, College of Idaho ; Jamie Karch, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) ; Logan Bowling, Marian (Ind.) ; Danielle McCarthy, Menlo (Calif.) ; Natalie Sakuma, Dordt (Iowa) ; Rosie McShane, Benedictine (Kan.) ; Kaka Delahaye, Oklahoma Wesleyan ; Brianna Enger, WVU Tech ; Cassidy Hatfield, Georgetown (Ky.) ; Betsy Fischenich, Bellevue (Neb.) ; Sheilat Akapo, Houston-Victoria (Texas) ; Laura Barba, SAGU (Texas) ; Meadhbh Deeney, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) ; Taylor Mulder, Siena Heights (Mich.)

Defensive Nominees: Ashley Parisi, William Woods (Mo.) ; Gianna Annichiarico, St. Andrews (N.C.) ; Desiree Coles, UC Merced ; Lauren Patefield, Northwest (Wash.) ; Christina Franzese, St. Ambrose (Iowa) ; Abby Schue, Grace (Ind.) ; Katherine Koury, San Diego Christian (Calif.) ; Anna Stewart, Hastings (Neb.) ; Stacey Schimmel, Avila (Mo.) ; Erin Stengel, Ottawa (Kan.) ; Sydney Schaeffer, WVU Tech ; Amanda Howard, Campbellsville (Ky.) ; Kate Petersen, Bellevue (Neb.) ; Maggie Miller, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) ; Hannah Poor, John Brown (Ark.) ; Felicia Sedell, Keiser (Fla.) ; Maria Lulgjuraj, Concordia (Mich.)

2015-16 Women’s Soccer Composite Award Winners (Defensive, Offensive)
Week 1 (Sept. 8): Blaire Schmalenberg, Madonna (Mich.); Betsy Hetrick, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Week 2 (Sept. 15): Brittany Lang, William Carey (Miss.); Jamie Holifield, William Carey (Miss.)