2018 NAIA Women's Soccer Players of the Week (Oct. 9)

2018 NAIA Women's Soccer Players of the Week (Oct. 9)

Kansas City, Mo. – Maria Garcia of MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Bethany Blackwood of Grace (Ind.) 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 October 1 – 7 and were selected out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institutions award winners.


Defensive Player of the Week

Bethany Blackwood, Grace (Ind.)

Fr., GK, Napoleon, Ohio

  • Shut-out then-No. 18 Taylor (Ind.)
  • Weekly Stats:
    • Two shutouts
    • Eight saves


Offensive Player of the Week

Maria Garcia, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

Fr., F, Valencia, Spain

  • Scored the overtime winner against then-No. 3 Benedictine (Kan.)
  • Weekly Stats:
    • Two goals

Offensive Nominees: Joyce Barbosa, Lyon (Ark.) ; Livia Walker, Tennessee Wesleyan ; Brooke Ybarra, Marymount California ; Misty Martinez, Southern Oregon ; Katie Reitz, St. Ambrose (Iowa) ; Mackenzie Hall, Marian (Ind.) ; Anna Montemor, Vanguard (Calif.) ; Brynn Suddeth, Concordia (Neb.) ; Samantha Mendoza, Ottawa (Kan.) ; Hannah Truckenmiller, Cumberlands (Ky.) ; Carolina Martins-Gomes, LSU Shreveport (La.) ; Payten Davis, Rio Grande (Ohio) ; Tameir Grosvenor, Texas Wesleyan ; Shantel Thompson, William Carey (Miss.) ; Matilda Ovenberger, Keiser (Fla.) ; Taylor Mulder, Siena Heights (Mich.)

Defensive Nominees: Abby Prather-Turner, William Woods (Mo.) ; Jordan Cornwell, Truett-McConnell (Ga.) ; Sydney Marin, Soka (Calif.) ; Amy Morikawa, Oregon Tech ; Erin Smothers, St. Ambrose (Iowa) ; Haley Magana, Vanguard (Calif.) ; Sarah Young, Briar Cliff (Iowa) ; Ashlynn Freeman, Central Methodist (Mo.) ; Stina Andersson, Georgia Gwinnett ; Christie Silber, McPherson (Kan.) ; Jovana Ivanovic, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) ; Sydney Wright, St. Thomas (Texas) ; Jenna Miller, WVU Tech ; Kirsten Thomas, Oklahoma City ; Caitlin Dumond, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) ; Holly Eddins, Southeastern (Fla.) ; Julia Stewart, Madonna (Mich.)


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

Week 1 (September 05): Sarah Carpenter, Hastings (Neb.) , Millene Cabral, Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

Week 2 (September 12): Caitlyn Logan, John Brown (Ark.) , Sienna Nealon, John Brown (Ark.)

Week 3 (September 19): Kirsten Thomas, Oklahoma City , Matilda Ovenberger, Keiser (Fla.)

Week 4 (September 26): Caitlin Dumond, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) , Uchenna Kanu, Southeastern (Fla.)

Week 5 (October 03): Kirsten Thomas, Oklahoma City , Abigail Crockett, Lincoln Christian (Ill.)

Week 6 (October 10): Bethany Blackwood, Grace (Ind.) , Maria Garcia, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

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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.