ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State forward Leah Manuleleua secured The Summit League Offensive Player of the Week honor for the second time this season, while teammate goalkeeper Maggie Smither earned the Defensive nod.
Manuleleua led South Dakota State with four points this weekend, netting two goals to clinch a spot in The Summit League Championship. Smither had 10 saves in two shutouts, putting together her third and fourth consecutive shutouts.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LEAH MANULELEUA, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
So. // F // Manteca, Calif.
- Earned her second career Player of the Week honor and second of this season
- Scored two goals on the weekend to clinch spot in The Summit League Championship
- Scored the game-winner against Fort Wayne, netted an insurance goal over Oral Roberts
- Has recorded a point in five consecutive games (two short of the school record)
- Team has now won seven straight games and is unbeaten in the last nine
Also nominated: Britney Monteon, North Dakota State; Kellee Willer, South Dakota; Meg Halvorson, Denver; Sierra Beall, Oral Roberts
Previous recipients: Aug. 21 – Jessie Dancy, Denver; Aug. 28 – Hannah Adler, Denver; Sept. 5 – Taryn LaBree, South Dakota and Leah Manuleleua, South Dakota State; Sept. 11 – Abby Meader, Omaha; Sept. 18 – Nicole Hatcher, South Dakota State; Sept. 25 – Rachael Baker, Oral Roberts; Oct. 2 – Jessie Dancy, Denver and Nicole Hatcher, South Dakota State; Oct. 9 – Malley O'Brien, North Dakota State; Oct. 16 – Nicole Hatcher, South Dakota State
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MAGGIE SMITHER, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
So. // GK // Sioux Falls, S.D.
- Earned her second career Player of the Week accolade and first of the season
- Played all 180 minutes in two shutout wins
- Totaled 10 saves on the weekend
- Has put together four consecutive shutouts (one shared)
- Lowered goals against average to 0.89 for the season and has a 0.20 GAA in league play
Also nominated: Monica Polgar, North Dakota State; Sydney Hardin, South Dakota; Brittney Lewis, Denver; Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl
Previous recipients: Aug. 21 – Brittany Wilson, Denver; Aug. 28 – Brittney Lewis, Denver; Sept. 5 – Coral Suarez, South Dakota; Sept. 11 – Jessica Bollinger, Omaha; Sept. 18 – Monica Polgar, North Dakota State; Sept. 25 – Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl, Oral Roberts; Oct. 2 – Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl, Oral Roberts and Haley Johnson, Omaha; Oct. 9 – Ines Palmiero Herrera, Western Illinois; Oct. 16 – Annie Williams, South Dakota State
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
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.