By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Samantha Wooster of Houston-Victoria (Texas) and Yvonne Ploeg of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) have been named the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Players of the Week, the national office announced on Tuesday. Wooster and Ploeg were selected for their performances during the week of Sept. 21 – 27 and were selected from a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institutions award winners.
National Defensive Player of the Week
Samantha Wooster, Houston-Victoria (Texas)
Jr., GK, Pflugerville, Texas
- Had nine saves in a game against No. 24 Oklahoma City and is averaging seven saves per game on the season.
- Recorded her second-straight shutout in her second start.
- She has not allowed a goal in the last 190:54 in goal.
- This is her first career National Defensive Player of the Week award.
National Offensive Player of the Week
Yvonne Ploeg, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Fr., F, Grootegast, Netherlands
- Recorded three goals in a 6-3 win over No. 5 Martin Methodist (Tenn.).
- These three scores came against a Martin Methodist defense that ranks No. 4 in the NAIA in shutouts per game (0.710) and No. 11 in total shutouts (11).
- Added one assist for a total of seven points.
- This is her first career National Offensive 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: Martha Noelker, Stephens (Mo.) ; Ashley Tanner, Columbia (S.C.) ; Denim Belville, Soka (Calif.) ; Presley Lambert, Southern Oregon ; Betsy Hetrick, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) ; Bethany Balcer, Spring Arbor (Mich.) ; Danyelle Allen, Vanguard (Calif.) ; Megan Kruse, Hastings (Neb.) ; Brenda Perez, Talladega (Ala.) ; Rosie McShane, Benedictine (Kan.) ; Emma Cuda, Friends (Kan.) ; Emily Hubbuch, Asbury (Ky.) ; Mia Crail, Waldorf (Iowa) ; Christina Montealvo, Huston-Tillotson (Texas) ; Ailee Thompson, Oklahoma City ; Marissa Parker, Middle Georgia State ; Linnea Lindmark, Keiser (Fla.) ; Samantha Bartelotti, Siena Heights (Mich.)
Defensive Nominees: Raven Loughridge, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) ; Lexi Cesario, Columbia (S.C.) ; Malaysia Avery, UC Merced ; Kylie Moltzen, Southern Oregon ; Michelle Ortiz, Trinity International (Ill.) ; Emily Richardson, Saint Francis (Ind.) ; Angela Brown, Westmont (Calif.) ; Kayla Wegman, Doane (Neb.) ; Irene Sanchez, Missouri Valley ; Colby Smits, Trinity Lutheran (Wash.) ; Jovana Canales, Bethany (Kan.) ; Brooke Perkins, Asbury (Ky.) ; Danielle Lang, Georgetown (Ky.) ; Julia Osborne, Waldorf (Iowa) ; Jessie Crenshaw, Southwestern Christian (Okla.) ; Brooke Best, Middle Georgia State ; Kayla Willis, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) ; Erika Brinkman, Lourdes (Ohio)
2015-16 Women's Soccer Composite Award Winners (Defensive, Offensive)
Week 1 (Sept. 9): Blaire Schmalenberg, Madonna (Mich.) , Betsy Hetrick, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Week 2 (Sept. 16): Brittany Lang, William Carey (Miss.) , Jamie Holifield, William Carey (Miss.)
Week 3 (Sept. 23): Tori Ditter, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) , Samantha Silva, Middle Georgia State
Week 4 (Sept. 29): Samantha Wooster, Houston-Victoria (Texas) , Yvonne Ploeg, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)