By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo – Laerke Michalesen of SCAD Savannah (Ga.) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Niccole McGuire of Morningside (Iowa) has been selected as the NAIA National Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Michalesen and McGuire were selected for their performances during the week of Oct. 5 – 11 and were selected from a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institutions award winners.
National Offensive Player of the Week
Laerke Michaelsen, SCAD Savannah (Ga.)
Sr., F, Hasselagerm Denmark
• Recorded three goals on the week, including two in a 2-1 win over then-No. 3 Keiser (Fla.).
• Added two assists and a goal in a 3-0 victory over Johnson & Wales (Fla.).
• She has a total of six assists and six goals on the year - both lead the team. Her assist total is good enough for No. 42 in the NAIA.
• This is her first career National Offensive Player of the Week award.
National Defensive Player of the Week
Niccole McGuire, Morningside (Iowa)
So., GK., Rapid City, S.D.
• Recorded 14 total saves in two games this week against Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) and then-No. 23 Concordia (Neb.).
• Did not allow a goal in either game and has not allowed a goal in five of her last six outings.
• Ranks No. 44 in the NAIA in goals against per game, 1.020.
• This is her first career National Defensive 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: Blanca Gomez, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) ; Katie Goodrich, Reinhardt (Ga.) ; Kayla Colaruotolo, Marymount (Calif.) ; Jamiece Yizar, College of Idaho ; Tori Novak, St. Ambrose (Iowa) ; Bethany Balcer, Spring Arbor (Mich.) ; Madison Lopp, Vanguard (Calif.) ; Taylor Geis, Hastings (Neb.) ; Brittney McMahon, Culver-Stockton (Mo.) ; Breelyn Petty, McPherson (Kan.) ; Haylee Francis, Ohio Christian ; Lyana Perez, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) ; Michelle Dolder, Bellevue (Neb.) ; Amalia Ruiz, Huston-Tillotson (Texas) ; Ryah Vyse, Science & Arts (Okla.) ; Millene Cabral Vieira, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) ; Mariah Otolski, Aquinas (Mich.)
Defensive Nominees: Alexandra Lair, Missouri Baptist ; Juliana Schardong, Union (Ky.) ; Adrianna Cabral, Marymount (Calif.) ; Jaclyn McQUISTON, Southern Oregon ; Nicole Staines, St. Ambrose (Iowa) ; Kristina Sobel, Spring Arbor (Mich.) ; Marina Rodriguez, Biola (Calif.) ; Rachel Hunt, Baker (Kan.) ; Jovana Canales, Bethany (Kan.) ; Lauren Schuster, Midway (Ky.) ; Ashley Kambeitz, Cumberland (Tenn.) ; Laurence Rodier, Bellevue (Neb.) ; Erika Thompson, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) ; Kaitlyn Whitten, Mid-America Christian (Okla.) ; Cate Eden, Faulkner (Ala.) ; Natalie Besl, SCAD Savannah (Ga.) ; Darcey James, Northwestern 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. 30): Samantha Wooster, Houston-Victoria (Texas) , Yvonne Ploeg, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Week 5 (Oct. 7): Jovana Canales, Bethany (Kan.) , Jamie Holifield, William Carey (Miss.)
Week 6 (Oct. 14): Niccole McGuire, Morningside (Iowa) , Laerke Michaelsen, SCAD Savannah (Ga.)