SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For the second consecutive week, a pair of first-timers garnered The Summit League Women's Soccer Player of the Week accolades. Denver midfielder Meg Halvorson collected the offensive accolade, while North Dakota goalkeeper Olivia Swenson secured the defensive honor.
Halvorson, the league's reigning freshman of the year, contributed to both goals during Denver's 2-1 victory over previously unbeaten Columbia on Sunday. She scored the first goal against the Lions, then assisted on the game-winner in the 85th minute. The Pioneers also played Iowa State to a 0-0 tie on Friday.
Swenson continued her stellar play between the pipes, helping UND to a 3-0-1 start, which is its best during the program's Division I era (since 2008-09). The Chaska, Minn., native registered two more shutouts at the Montana Invitational this past weekend and the Fighting Hawks are one of two teams in the country that have yet to allow a goal this season.
In Friday's 1-0 win over Idaho, Swenson stopped five shots. She then fended off eight shots by host Montana in a 0-0 tie on Sunday. UND's 380-minute shutout streak to start the season is the second-longest in program history.
Meg Halvorson, Denver
So. | MF | Englewood, Colo.
- Tallied three points on a goal and an assist in win over Columbia
- Shares team lead with six points on the season
- This is the first weekly honor for Halvorson
Also nominated: Tiannah Moore, South Dakota; Jordan Langenbartels, Oral Roberts; Roxy Roemer, North Dakota State, Emily Bollman, Western Illinois; Andrea Daves, Omaha; Katie Moller, North Dakota; Karlee Manding, South Dakota State
Olivia Swenson, North Dakota
Sr. | GK | Chaska, Minn.
- Collected first weekly conference accolade of career
- Combined for 13 saves to keep UND unbeaten on the young season
- Increased season-opening shutout streak to four and moved into a tie for fourth on UND's all-time career list with seven
Also nominated: Mallory Fenske, North Dakota State; Abby Ostrem, South Dakota; Brittany Wilson, Denver; Erin Bunker, Omaha; Kaitlin Zabel, South Dakota State; Reagan Richins, Oral Roberts
Previous Players of the Week
O: Katie Moller, UND
D: Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl, ORU
O: Leah Manuleleua, SDSU
D: Parker Rytz, USD
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