Denver’s Shinyashiki, South Dakota State’s Smither Named October Athletes of the Month

Denver’s Shinyashiki, South Dakota State’s Smither Named October Athletes of the Month
ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League has selected Denver soccer player Andre Shinyashiki (Sao Paulo, Brazil) as the Male Athlete of the Month and South Dakota State soccer player Maggie Smither (Sioux Falls, S.D.) as the Female Athlete of the Month for October.
 
Shinyashiki earns his second career Athlete of the Month honor after snagging three Summit League Offensive Player of the Week awards in October. The junior forward scored six of Denver's nine goals last month, including two game-winning goals and two game-tying goals. Additionally, he assisted on Denver's game-winning goal against Eastern Illinois. His offensive efforts have propelled his team to a undefeated league season, regular season Summit League title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming tournament. The Sao Paulo native currently ranks first in the League in goals (nine) and points (22).
 
Smither also collects her second Athlete of the Month award after posting six shutouts and leading her squad to a 7-0 record in the month of October. The sophomore goalkeeper did not allow a goal in the final 556 minutes of game action in the month. Her efforts guided her team to a regular season title and No. 1 seed in The Summit League Tournament. The Jackrabbits posted a nine-game win streak and 11-game unbeaten streak, largely thanks to the work of Smither. The Sioux Falls native tallied 25 saves and posted a record-low 0.15 goals against average in league play. Her career goals against average of 0.66 ranks first in Summit League history.
 
Coincidentally, Shinyashiki and Smither both earned the November 2016 Athlete of the Month honors.
 
Also nominated for the Men's Athlete of the Month: Eric Brinker, golf, Fort Wayne; Tommy Vining, golf, South Dakota; Chase Cayo, cross country, South Dakota State
 
Also nominated for the Women's Athlete of the Month: Emma Rafuse, cross country, Fort Wayne; Anne Rasmussen, volleyball, South Dakota
 
2017-18 Athletes of the Month
 
Month                                   Male, School, Sport                                   Female, School, Sport
August/September                 Elvir Ibisevic, Omaha, soccer                     Laura Milos, Oral Roberts, volleyball
October                                Andre Shinyashiki, Denver, soccer              Maggie Smither, South Dakota State, soccer
November
December
January
February
March
April
May/June
Denver
 

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Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.

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