Labree, Smither garner second weekly honors of 2018 season

South Dakota's Taryn Labree and South Dakota State's Maggie Smither both collected their second weekly awards of the season.
South Dakota's Taryn Labree and South Dakota State's Maggie Smither both collected their second weekly awards of the season.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A pair of Summit League women's soccer players are being honored for the second time this season after leading their respective teams to key wins this past week. South Dakota forward Taryn Labree collected her second Offensive Player of the Week honor in the past three weeks after propelling the Coyotes to wins over Oral Roberts and Western Illinois, while South Dakota State goalkeeper Maggie Smither picked up the Defensive Player of the Week honor after helping the Jacks remain undefeated in league play with a thrilling, 1-0 double-overtime win against Denver. 

Labree came up big in both of South Dakota's victories as the junior forward tallied the game-winner in a 3-1 home victory over Oral Roberts before starting the rally with a game-tying goal in the Yotes' 2-1 victory over Western Illinois. Labree added an assist against the Golden Eagles to finish the week with five points.

Smither helped South Dakota State emerge as the league's only unbeaten squad thanks to her six-save shutout over the previously unbeaten Pioneers. The junior from Sioux Falls came up with a key breakaway save in the second half and stopped a potential game-winning goal in double-overtime.

Offensive Player of the Week

Samantha Feller, Denver

Fr. | Forward | Grand Junction, Colo.

• Scored game-winning goal in 3-1 victory over Oral Roberts, also assisting on third goal

• Scored game-tying goal in eventual 2-1 victory over Western Illinois

• Second weekly honor in the past three weeks and third of career

Also nominated: Holly Enderle, North Dakota State; Erinoelle Clifton, Omaha; Hannah Adler, Denver; Olivia Knox, North Dakota; Leah Manuleleua, South Dakota State; Amogelang Motau; Oral Roberts; Madeline Edwards, Western Illinois


Defensive Player of the Week

Maggie Smither, South Dakota State

Jr. | Goalkeeper | Sioux Falls, S.D.

• Made six saves to pick up seventh shutout of the season in 1-0 win over Denver

• Moved into top 10 in Summit League career record books with 16th-career shutout

• Picked up second weekly honor of the season and fourth of career

Also nominated: Susie Dineen, Omaha; Parker Rytz, South Dakota; Olivia Swenson, North Dakota; Drishana Pillay, Oral Roberts;  Birgitta Sol Eggertsdottir, Western Illinois

2018 The Summit League Players of the Week
August 20

O: Katie Moller, North Dakota
D: Ryliegh Bohnenstiehl, Oral Roberts
August 27
O: Leah Manuleleua, South Dakota State
D: Parker Rytz, South Dakota
September 4
O: Meg Halvorson, Denver
D: Olivia Swenson, North Dakota
September 10
O: Brookelyn Dew, North Dakota State
D: Allyson Hayner, Purdue Fort Wayne
D: Brittany Wilson, Denver
September 17
O: Katie Moller, North Dakota
D: Maggie Smither, South Dakota State
September 24
O: Taryn Labree, South Dakota
D: Haley Lydon, Purdue Fort Wayne
October 1
O: Samantha Feller, Denver
D: Hanna Norman, North Dakota State
October 8
O: Taryn Labree, South Dakota
D: Maggie Smither, South Dakota State

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Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of North Dakota, 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. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, nearly 125 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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