KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Esther Anyanwu of Brenau (Ga.) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Felicia Reimann of Morningside (Iowa) has been selected as the National Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Anyanwu and Reimann were selected based on their performances from Sept. 16 – 22 and were chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group award winners.
Anyanwu, a senior from Lagos, Nigeria, was responsible for five of the six goals scored by Brenau last week. The forward, who was also named NAIA Offensive Player of the Week during the 2012 season, recorded her second hat trick of the season, netting all three goals in the Tigers’ 3-0 win against Spring Hill (Ala.) last Friday. Her other two goals came approximately 24 hours later against then-No. 17 Mobile (Ala.). Anyanwu opened the scoring in the 2nd minute with a 22-yard strike before burying the eventual game-winner in the 38th minute on a penalty kick. She currently ranks third in the NAIA in goals (11) and seventh in total points (24).
Reimann, a native of Rapid City, S.D., played a decisive role in the Mustangs’ 1-0 overtime victory Sept. 20 at then-No. 23 Hastings (Neb.). The senior goalkeeper recorded a season-high 12 saves to preserve her third shutout of the season and hand the Broncos their first loss in Great Plains Athletic Conference regular-season action since 2009. Reimann owns a 1.06 goals against average and 47 saves through 767 minutes of action.
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The next NAIA National Women’s Soccer Players of the Week will be announced Oct. 1.
Offensive Nominees: Anna Recer, Missouri Baptist; Samaira Khan, Tennessee Wesleyan; Kalyn Goodenough, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.); Emily Boudreau, Corban (Ore.); Brooklyn Morgan, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Nicole Carter, Westminster (Utah); Kayla Arenas, Vanguard (Calif.); Lindsay Hoag, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Caryn Welch, Avila (Mo.); Hollie Babut, Ashford (Iowa); Jessica Renzelman, Tabor (Kan.); Cassie Holland, Asbury (Ky.); Ayaki Shinada, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Abby Zach, College of Saint Mary (Neb.); Steph Wisen, Viterbo (Wis.); Hannah Langseth, Jamestown (N.D.); Danielle Brighton, Bacone (Okla.); Kaci Power, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Jessica Tooley, USC Beaufort (S.C.); Frida Bremer, Northwestern Ohio.
Defensive Nominees: Elise Castellanos, Columbia (Mo.); Taylor Asher, Reinhardt (Ga.); Riley Stevenson, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.); Samantha Johnson, Concordia (Ore.); Courtney Harrison, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Abi Yanke, Westminster (Utah); Morgan Aukshunas, Biola (Calif.); Rachel Theobald, Baker (Kan.); Emily Tielrooy, Kansas Wesleyan; Becca Dietrich, Georgetown (Ky.); Kaylee Vitale, Waldorf (Iowa); Breanna Haberl, AIB (Iowa); Gabriela Lopez, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Nikki Lockwood, Texas Wesleyan; Tori Brown, Brenau (Ga.); Lindsey McCabe, Warner (Fla.); Heather Derstine, Lawrence Tech (Mich).
2013 National Women’s Soccer Players of the Week (Offensive; Defensive)
Week 1 (Sept. 10): Florence Dadson, Robert Morris (Ill.); Brittany Toth, Hastings (Neb.)
Week 2 (Sept. 17): Karly Linton, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Sarah Yancer, Spring Arbor (Mich.)
Week 3 (Sept. 24): Esther Anyanwu, Brenau (Ga.); Felicia Reimann, Morningside (Iowa)