By Spencer Scheve, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bethany Balcer of Spring Arbor (Mich.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Rachel Hardin of Dalton State (Ga.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday.
National Offensive Player of the Week
Bethany Balcer, Spring Arbor (Mich.)
5-9, So., MF, Hudsonville, Mich.
• Balcer posted a Spring Arbor program record six goals as she led the Cougars to an 11-1 victory over Bethel (Ind.).
• She ranks No. 2 in the NAIA in shots per game (7.69) and No. 4 in total points (50).
• Balcer has led the Cougars to a Crossroads League regular season title, while recording 21 goals and eight assists on the season.
National Defensive Player of the Week
Rachel Hardin, Dalton State (Ga.)
5-4, Jr., GK, Augusta, Ga.
• Posted a career-high 12 saves in the 1-0 victory over Brenau
• Ranks fifth in the Southern States Athletic Conference in goals against average (1.58).
For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
For the complete NAIA Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Offensive Nominees: Kady Johnson, Central Baptist (Ark.); Ruby Hallam, Columbia (S.C.); Adriana Zuniga, Antelope Valley (Calif.); Jubilee Zevenbergen, Northwest (Wash.); Isabelle Danner, Trinity International (Ill.); Maddi Berthoud, Westmont (Calif.); Allison Buehring, Midland (Neb.); Leah Miller, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Dalia Fernandez, Friends (Kan.); Jody Lemaster, Cumberlands (Ky.); Brittney Cusick, Presentation (S.D.); Valeria Hinojosa, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Kindsay Miller-riney, Midway (Ky.); Abi Housecroft, St. Gregory's (Okla.); Jamie Holifield, William Carey (Miss.); Uchenna Kanu, Southeastern (Fla.); Evdokia Popadinova, Northwestern Ohio
Defensive Nominees: Kailyn Graham, William Woods (Mo.); Taylor Asher, Reinhardt (Ga.); Desiree Coles, UC Merced; Alex Perry, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Lauren Engelkes, Taylor (Ind.); Jamie Carter, Carroll (Mont.); Madyson Brown, Biola (Calif.); Chrissy Lind, Concordia (Neb.); Manaia Siania Unutoa, Graceland (Iowa); Sheryl Evans, McPherson (Kan.); Johanna Henriksson, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Hanna DeVries, Waldorf (Iowa); Gabriela Lopez, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Lexie Mirenda, Carlow (Pa.); Jena Flewelling, St. Gregory's (Okla.); Francesca Singleton, Ave Maria (Fla.) ; Hannah Baines, Northwestern Ohio2016-17 Women's Soccer Composite Award Winners (Defensive, Offensive)
Week 1 (September 07): Abby Baravik, William Carey (Miss.) , Amanda Blixt, Keiser (Fla.)
Week 2 (September 14): Ebba Blomqvist, Keiser (Fla.) , Aubrey Schierbeek, Spring Arbor (Mich.)
Week 3 (September 21): Ashley Timmons, Spring Arbor (Mich.) , Tia Sanford, Indiana Wesleyan
Week 4 (September 28): Madison Donihoo, Mid-America Christian (Okla.) , Kindsay Miller-riney, Midway (Ky.)
Week 5 (October 05): Abby Schue, Grace (Ind.) , Emily Key, Park (Mo.)
Week 6 (October 12): Christina Rodriguez, Biola (Calif.) , Kristen Howell, John Brown (Ark.)
Week 7 (October 19): Regan Troff, Davenport (Mich.) , Katie Reid, Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
Week 8 (October 26): Rachel Hardin, Dalton State (Ga.) , Bethany Balcer, Spring Arbor (Mich.)