2019 NAIA Women’s Soccer Players of the Week (October 1)

Women's Soccer - Briar Cliff University
Briar Cliff's Ruby Campa (Courtesy Briar Cliff Athletics)

Kansas City, Mo. – Araceli Soto of Soka (Calif.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Ruby Campa of Briar Cliff (Iowa) 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 Sept. 23 – 29 and were selected out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institutions award winners.


Defensive Player of the Week

Ruby Campa, Briar Cliff (Iowa)

Jr., GK, Faiebaugh, Calif.

  • Posted a six-save shutout over No. 8 Hastings (Neb.)
  • Weekly Stats:
    • Six saves
    • Led the Chargers to the upset victory
    • Has not allowed a goal in the last 210+ minutes


Offensive Player of the Week

Araceli Soto, Soka (Calif.)

Fr., F, Pomona, Calif.

  • Found the back of the net seven times over two games
  • Scored six of Soka’s 12 goals against Cal Maritime (Calif.)
  • Weekly Stats:
    • Seven goals
    • Three assists
    • 17 points

Offensive Nominees: 
Olivia Lainez, Park (Mo.) ; Chloe Rootes, Tennessee Wesleyan ; Salyna Blue, Oregon Tech ; Sarah Buffum, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) ; Morgan Orme, Taylor (Ind.) ; Leigha Williams, Hope International (Calif.) ; Elena Perez, Midland (Neb.) ; Zoe Jessen, Central Methodist (Mo.) ; Grace Roach, Fisher (Mass.) ; Marjolen Nekesa, Oklahoma Wesleyan ; Molly Hall, Campbellsville (Ky.) ; Priscilla Garcia, Southwest (N.M.) ; Taylor Goldstrohm, Point Park (Pa.) ; Sienna Nealon, John Brown (Ark.) ; Michaela Nicholson, Florida College ; Uchenna Kanu, Southeastern (Fla.) ; Samantha Golchuk, Concordia (Mich.)

Defensive Nominees: 
Nicole Girrido, Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) ; Marissa Harkins, Truett-McConnell (Ga.) ; Maddy Mak, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) ; Trinity Rhoades, Southern Oregon ; Rachel Jennings, St. Ambrose (Iowa) ; Megan Williams, Taylor (Ind.) ; Amber Vasconcellos, Hope International (Calif.) ; Laura Riesenbeck, Central Methodist (Mo.) ; Sophie Hoare, Georgia Gwinnett ; Lauren Ferguson, Friends (Kan.) ; Katelyn Young, Campbellsville (Ky.) ; Amanda Bautista, Houston-Victoria (Texas) ; Jenna Miller, WVU Tech ; Caitlyn Logan, John Brown (Ark.) ; Courtney Link, Middle Georgia State ; Melanie Lefebvre, St. Thomas (Fla.) ; Braeleigh McCoy, Aquinas (Mich.)


2019-20 Women's Soccer Composite Award Winners (Defensive, Offensive)

Week 1 (September 11): Jessie Selby, Southern Oregon, Anya Castelli, Stephens (Mo.)

Week 2 (September 18): Taylor Rogers, Baker (Kan.), Emma Rice, Science & Arts (Okla.)

Week 3 (September 25): Gabi Haw, Westmont (Calif.), Rayssa Neres Souza, Oklahoma Wesleyan

Week 4 (October 02): Ruby Campa, Briar Cliff (Iowa), Araceli Soto, Soka (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.