Dadson recorded a hat trick in a 7-1 win over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Trinity International (Ill.) on Oct. 5. The sophomore forward netted a pair of goals, including the game-winning goal, and assisted on two others in a 6-0 blanking of Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) on Oct. 8. Behind her offensive showing, the 20th-ranked Eagles improved to 9-2-1.
Dadson, a native of Cape Coast, Ghana, is listed among the nation's top 10 in four statistical categories: fourth in total goals (15), fifth in points per game (3.0) and seventh in goals per game (1.25) and total points (36).
Gallego made 13 saves in a pair of shutout road victories in Red River Athletic Conference play as the Rams defeated Northwood (Texas), 2-0, and LSU Shreveport (La.), 1-0. The junior keeper denied eight goal attempts against Northwood on Oct. 6 and followed with five denials versus the Lady Pilots to push Texas Wesleyan's record to 12-3 overall and 4-2 in league play.
Hailing from Mansfield, Texas, Gallego has eight shutouts to her credit and has guided the Rams to nine blankings this season, which ranks first nationally.
The next Players of the Week announcement will be on Oct. 18.
Offensive Nominees: Jackie Esterkamp, Cincinnati Christian (Ohio); Lauren Brophy, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Stephanie Diaz, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Samantha Engel, Daemen (N.Y.); Yaritza Estrada, Bellevue (Neb.); Chelsea Page, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.); Jackie Acevedo, Southern Nazarene (Okla.); Kayla Leeser, Central Methodist (Mo.); Kelly Wetherald, Iowa Wesleyan; Helena Dimantas Farias, Cumberland (Tenn.); Monique Orocio, Kansas Wesleyan; Courtney Young, Missouri Baptist; Jaime Tomaszewski, Aquinas (Mich.); Jesslyn Fagundes, Mobile (Ala.); Jessica Crowe, Southeastern (Fla.); Maegan Smith, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Mia Persson, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Helen Weber, Union (Ky.); Courtney Richards, Doane (Neb.); Jessica Austin, Biola (Calif.); Hayley Smith, Oregon Tech; Steffany Dudley, Menlo (Calif.).
Defensive Nominees: Rebecca Duff, Cincinnati Christian (Ohio); Hannah Fraser, Daemen (N.Y.); Rachael Wade, Southern Nazarene (Okla.); Aimee Pierson, College of Idaho; Meredith Brick, Central Methodist (Mo.); Hanit Schwarz, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Molly Whitwell, McPherson (Kan.); Whitney Voepel, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Molly Rockrohr, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Wendy Espejel, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Jocelyn Morris, Great Falls (Mont.); Deanna Sidener, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Lorna Brownlie, Mobile (Ala.); Karleigh Smoak, Southeastern (Fla.); Braydan Wiles, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Daniella Dedvukaj, Siena Heights (Mich.); Jordan Morrison, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Kaleigh Clarke, Reinhardt (Ga.); Kelsey Stark, Doane (Neb.); Lindsey Smith, Westmont (Calif.).
2011 Composite Award Winners (Offensive; Defensive)
Week 1: Caroline Mellard, Montreat (N.C.), Mor Efraim, Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
Week 2: Caitlin Stier, Bellevue (Neb.), Brooke Martin, LSU Shreveport
Week 3: Sara Hoffman, Judson (Ill.), Alyssa D'Egidio, Avila (Mo.)
Week 4: Jaime Tomaszewski, Aquinas (Mich.); Chelsea Gregg, Madonna (Mich.)
Week 5: Jackie Acevedo, Southern Nazarene (Okla.); Erica Wessels, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)
Week 6: Florence Dadson, Robert Morris (Ill.); Aubree Gallego, Texas Wesleyan