SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – During a week that saw Summit League teams combine for five shutouts, two standouts shared the Defensive Player of the Week award, while North Dakota State's Brookelyn Dew netted the offensive honor.
After falling to Minnesota on Friday, Dew was instrumental in the Bison's bounce-back victory over Northern Iowa on Sunday. She assisted on the first goal of the match to put NDSU up 1-0, then scored the game-winner in the waning minutes to lift the Bison to a key win over a tough Missouri Valley Conference opponent. Dew's goal was her first of the season and second of her career.
Denver goalkeeper Brittany Wilson increased the Pioneers' unbeaten streak to four with a seven-save performance in a 1-0 victory over defending Big Sky Champion Eastern Washington. Wilson made a series of dazzling saves late in the contest to keep things deadlocked at 0-0 before teammate Hannah Adler scored the golden goal in the second extra session.
Purdue Fort Wayne's Allyson Hayner anchored the back line for the Mastodons as they went 1-0-1 on the week against a pair of Horizon League foes. Hayner's squad only allowed a total of seven shots on goal in the two contests as she picked up the program's first weekly defensive accolade since the 2015 season (Kiley Dunning).
Offensive Player of the Week
Brookelyn Dew, North Dakota State
So. | F | Fargo, N.D.
- Tallied first assist and first goal of the season in 2-1 win over Northern Iowa
- Dew's game-winning goal came in the 88th-minute during the victory over the Panthers
- This is the first weekly honor for Dew
Also nominated: Hannah Adler, Denver; Tiannah Moore, South Dakota; Katie Moller, North Dakota; Hannah Heinemann, Omaha; Emily Bollman, Western Illinois; Jordan Langenbartels, Oral Roberts; Marisa Shulz, South Dakota State
Defensive Players of the Week
Allyson Hayner, Purdue Fort Wayne
Sr. | D | Freeport, Ill.
- Collected first weekly conference accolade of career
- Anchored back line that surrendered only seven shots on goal during 1-0-1 week
- Mastodons have already doubled their win total from 2017 and added two more ties
Brittany Wilson, Denver
Jr. | GK | Littleton, Colo.
- Collected second weekly conference accolade of career
- Fended off seven shots in a 1-0 double-overtime win against Eastern Washington
- Pioneers increased unbeaten streak to four (3-0-1) with win over the Eagles
Also nominated: Monica Polgar, North Dakota State; Parker Rytz, South Dakota; Brylie Meyer, Omaha; Maggie Smither , South Dakota State; Ryleigh Bohnenstiehl, Oral Roberts; Ines Palmieroherrera, Western Illnois; Olivia Swenson, North Dakota
Previous Players of the Week
O: Katie Moller, UND
D: Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl, ORU
O: Leah Manuleleua, SDSU
D: Parker Rytz, USD
O: Meg Halvorson, Denver
D: Olivia Swenson, UND
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