Players of the Week - No. 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kelsey Christner of Grace (Ind.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Biola's (Calif.) Erin Frushon has been selected as NAIA National Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Christner and Frushon were selected based on their performances from Oct. 10 - 16 and were chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.

Christner was the difference maker for the Lady Lancers in both matches. She dished out the game-winning assist to Jocelyn Evans in the 83rd minute to lift Grace past Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio), 2-1, on Oct. 11. The Lady Lancers trailed No. 10 Spring Arbor (Mich.) 1-0 with 10 minutes remaining. The freshman midfielder sent a 26-yarder into the back of the net for the equalizer. In overtime, the Topeka, Ind., native then curled in a corner kick to lift the Lady Lancers (9-5-1) to victory on Oct. 15.

Frushon made seven saves and allowed just one goal as Biola won a pair of Golden State Athletic Conference matches, including a 2-1 overtime upset of No. 3 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) on Oct. 15. The goal she surrendered to the Cougars was the first allowed by Frushon at home since Aug. 30, snapping a string of 390 scoreless minutes. Earlier in the week, the senior keeper from Bonsall, Calif., made four saves and recorded her third shutout of the season as the Eagles defeated Fresno Pacific (Calif.), 1-0.

The next Players of the Week announcement will be on Oct. 25.

Offensive Nominees: Martine Olsen, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Jacque Cassell, William Jessup (Calif.); Chelsea Ruland, Arizona Christian; Jamie Achten, Lee (Tenn.); Melissa Sanchez, Lyon (Ark.); Esmeralda Lacayo, Hastings (Neb.); Monique Orocio, Kansas Wesleyan; Mia Persson, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Stephanie Diaz, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Jordyn Thompson, Grand View (Iowa); Kasey Eberlein, Davenport (Mich.); Amber Brown-longoria, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Gisela Arrieta, Graceland (Iowa); Molly Clark, Carroll (Mont.); Cortney Pattison, Bluefield (Va.); Calli Cooper, Science & Arts (Okla.); Samantha Engel, Daemen (N.Y.); Anna Blakeslee, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Kallie Caldwell, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.); Brooke Polus, St. Francis (Ill.).

Defensive Nominees: Meredith Shuman, Bellevue (Neb.); Lindsey Cesena, William Jessup (Calif.); Tori Talbutt, Concordia (Ore.); Cathie Shaver, Georgetown (Ky.); Emily Warren, Union (Tenn.); Tenaya Howsden, Hastings (Neb.); Ashley Hupfeld, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Meredith Brick, Central Methodist (Mo.); Yadira Toraya, Kansas Wesleyan; Hailey Olden, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Katie Zenz, Grand View (Iowa); Kelsey Duley, Aquinas (Mich.); Charlotte Edeland, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Lorna Brownlie, Mobile (Ala.); Kayse Cornett, Union (Ky.); Rachael Banasik, Daemen (N.Y.); Melissa Dobie, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Lauren Capuano, Illinois Tech; Kristiana Griffith, Taylor (Ind.); Malin Johansson, Rocky Mountain (Mont.).

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
Week 7: Kelsey Christner, Grace (Ind.); Erin Frushon, Biola (Calif.)

Championship Information

NAIA Women's Soccer Championship

Nov. 22-23, 2019 Opening Round – 
Campus Sites

Dec. 2 - Dec. 7, 2019
Orange Beach Sportsplex
Orange Beach, Ala.