KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kelsey Langille of Cumberland (Tenn.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Indigo Recker of Concordia (Ore.) has been tabbed National Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Langille and Recker are the first honorees of the 2012 season and were selected based on their performances from Aug. 27 - Sept. 2 and were chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Langille, a freshman forward from Ardrossan, Alberta, played a key role in Cumberland's 3-0 start this season that included a 4-1 victory over then-No. 24 Science & Arts (Okla.) on Sept. 2. Langille netted six goals last week, highlighted by a hat trick in the Bulldogs season opener at Bryan (Tenn.) on Aug. 28. She continued her scoring streak with an 84th-minute goal against Midland (Neb.) on Sept. 1, before closing the week with 49th and 76th-minute scores against Science & Arts.
Nationally, Langille ranks amongst the top 10 in shots per game (8), goals per game (2), game winning goals (2), goals (6), shots on goal per game (4.3) and points (12).
Recker, a senior defender from Portland, Ore., played all 180 minutes in Concordia's back-to-back shutout victories against then-No. 12 Hastings (Neb.) (2-0) on Aug. 31 and then-No. 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (2-0) on Sept. 2. For the week, Recker anchored a Cavalier defense that allowed only four shots, one shot on goal and two corner kicks, including just one shot attempt against Lindsey Wilson. Her performance, along with the other Concordia defenders, extends the Cavaliers shutout streak to over 300 minutes.
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Offensive Nominees: Nereyda Martinez, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Michelle Malette, Sterling (Kan.); Rylei North, Westminster (Utah); Sara Cushing, Doane (Neb.); Alyssa Malone, Davenport (Mich.); Hollie Babut, Ashford (Iowa); Libby Storie, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Tara Russell, Benedictine (Kan.); Margret Albertsdottir, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); Jenny Hernandez, Thomas (Ga.); Brooke Wendl, Lubbock Christian (Texas); Jessica Martinez, Columbia (S.C.); Chandler Rae, Lyon (Ark.); Megan Kuntz, Point Park (Pa.); Lucia Neaves, Calumet (Ind.); Kelsey Johnston, Indiana Wesleyan; Audrey Sullivan, Corban (Ore.); Jessica Long, The Master's (Calif.); Mor Efraim, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Valerie Comstock, Menlo (Calif.).
Defensive Nominees: Jennifer Sanchez, Houston-Victoria (Texas); Stephanie Burton, Union (Ky.); Jamie Wilkinson, Westminster (Utah); Kelsey Stark, Doane (Neb.); Katy Keefer, York (Neb.); Chelsie Mummert, South Carolina Beaufort; Stephanie Segura, Ottawa (Kan.); Abbey Adkins, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Linfah Jones, William Carey (Miss.); Kayla Wilkinson, Lubbock Christian (Texas); Amanda Coleman, St. Francis (Ill.); Mackenzie Pinto, Point Park (Pa.); Stephanie Spiteri, Lyon (Ark.); Alyssa Moulds, Concordia (Mich.); Brittany Andert, Central Methodist (Mo.); Kerry Devney, Indiana Wesleyan; Chelsea Schulte, Pikeville (Ky.); Whitney Galindo, Menlo (Calif.).
2012 Women's Soccer Players of the Week (Offensive; Defensive)
Week 1 (Sept. 4): Kelsey Langille, Cumberland (Tenn.); Indigo Recker, Concordia (Ore.)