2018 NAIA Women's Soccer Players of the Week (Sept 18)

2018 NAIA Women's Soccer Players of the Week (Sept 18)

Kansas City, Mo. – Matilda Ovenberger of Keiser (Fla.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Kirsten Thomas of Oklahoma City has been named the NAIA National Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. The two student-athletes were nominated for their performances during the week of September 10 – 16 and were selected out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institutions award winners.


Defensive Player of the Week

Kirsten Thomas, Oklahoma City

Sr., GK, Keller, Texas

  • Recorded two shutouts, including one against then No. 14 Oklahoma Wesleyan in a 0-0 tie.
  • Weekly Stats:
    • 17 total saves
    • Two shutouts in 200 minutes


Offensive Player of the Week

Matilda Ovenberger, Keiser (Fla.)

Fr., F, Sodra Sanby, Sweden

  • Recorded her first career hat trick against Florida National, now leads the team in goals
  • Weekly Stats:
    • Six goals
    • Two hat tricks
    • Recorded second hat trick against No. 15 Georgia Gwinnett

Offensive Nominees: Molly Klein, Columbia (Mo.) ; Lydia Williams, Truett-McConnell (Ga.) ; Jordan Pritzl, Soka (Calif.) ; Jessica Bianchi, Trinity Christian (Ill.) ; Liz Van Wormer, Grace (Ind.) ; Talya Vaira, Carroll (Mont.) ; Jazzmyn Esquivel, Hope International (Calif.) ; Kaylie Agostine, Hastings (Neb.) ; Nicole Kelly, Benedictine (Kan.) ; Kastel Heinold, Bethany (Kan.) ; Rebecca Holloway, Cumberland (Tenn.) ; Emily Weyant, Bellevue (Neb.) ; Kati-Jayde Cunningham, LSU Shreveport (La.) ; Regan Snyder, Midway (Ky.) ; Emma Rice, Science & Arts (Okla.) ; Miku Sunaga, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) ; Taylor Mulder, Siena Heights (Mich.) 

Defensive Nominees: Olivia Wolfram, Lyon (Ark.) ; Jessica Hale, Truett-McConnell (Ga.) ; Niccole Salm, UC Merced ; Jenna Stiehr, Oregon Tech ; Elly Brummel, Trinity Christian (Ill.) ; Brenna Malatestinic, Marian (Ind.) ; Gabi Haw, Westmont (Calif.) ; Alaina Melanson, Midland (Neb.) ; Bailey Biffert, Evangel (Mo.) ; Ashley Kambeitz, Cumberland (Tenn.) ; Karolyn Hasler, LSU Shreveport (La.) ; Kk Smith, Indiana East (Ind.) ; Ronja Andersson, Middle Georgia State ; Nina Haeberlin, Keiser (Fla.) ; Kara Bishop, Siena Heights (Mich.)


2018-19 Women's Soccer Composite Award Winners (Defensive, Offensive)

Week 1 (September 04): Sarah Carpenter, Hastings (Neb.) , Millene Cabral, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 

Week 2 (September 11): Caitlyn Logan, John Brown (Ark.) , Sienna Nealon, John Brown (Ark.)

Week 3 (September 18): Kirsten Thomas, Oklahoma City , Matilda Ovenberger, Keiser (Fla.)



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NAIA Women's Soccer Championship

Nov. 22-23, 2019 Opening Round – 
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Dec. 2 - Dec. 7, 2019
Orange Beach Sportsplex
Orange Beach, Ala.